THIRTY-six communities from across Limerick city and county are hoping they will land the top prize of €10,000 in this year’s Limerick Going for Gold Community Challenge.
Funded by the JP McManus Foundation, the competition kicked off this week as the shortlist of finalists was revealed.
As part of the competition, six of the communities will feature in the Limerick Leader and on Live 95FM each week with one making through to the grand final following a public vote.
In addition to the six weekly winners, a number of wildcard entries will be selected by the panel of judges.
For the first time, the Limerick Going for Gold initiative has been extended county-wide and this year carries a total prize fund of €74.000. Gerry Boland, of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, said the fund that the foundation provides encourages people to participate.
“There is an environmental grant programme operated by the Limerick City and County Council, and the funding available there is limited, so what we have done is supplement that fund with the local authority, with the purpose of making the funding maybe more meaningful and more helpful, and it does make a difference,” he said.
The local authority’s environmental awareness officer, Sinead McDonnell has welcomed the inclusion of the Limerick in Bloom competition in this year’s programme.
“Limerick in Bloom is all about the presentation, the flower displays, the appropriateness of flower displays, and not just flowers - you may be talking about trees or shrubberies. You may also be talking about a wildlife context there. It is about the visual content. And we would be looking for as litter free as you can possibly get,” she explained.
For more, see Going For Gold.