ALMOST 8,000 people have answered the call to take part in the Team Limerick Clean-up campaign – and the clock is ticking down for those still interested in taking part.
As of this Wednesday, some 7,680 volunteers had signed up for the large scale anti-litter campaign, with the strict deadline to apply set for midnight on Monday, March 23.
The JP McManus-backed initiative, being held in association with Mr Binman and Limerick City and County Council, will take place on April 3, Good Friday.
Residents and community groups across Limerick have signed up for the ambitious clean-up event, which is supported by the Leader and championed by ambassador Paul O’Connell.
Several competitions are running alongside the event, including a chance to win a signed Ireland jersey by the rugby legend.
Paul said recently that the initiative was “a chance for us to be quite unique and do it better than everyone else”.
“The deadline for this is March 23 and I would encourage people to get involved and who knows how big this could become in the future.
“There certainly isn’t anyone doing it in the country to the same level as we are going to be doing it,” he said.
“It is easy to understand and follow, you come out on April 3, Good Friday, you get your kids out, you get whoever out, your local club and it is three or four hours of cleaning up. It is a very simple initiative and people have bought into it,” he explained.
The UL Ladies and Men’s Rugby Teams followed Paul’s lead this week by signing up for the campaign, which has drawn support from hundreds of resident, community and sporting groups across Limerick.
And Banogue National School, who are preparing to clean-up the area around their school, took possession of a shiny new iPad this week as part of a TLC competition that was promoted in the Limerick Leader.
Banogue NS principal Sheila Cagney said the school was “environmentally aware and the need to keep our local environment nice and clean and take care of it”.
“It is part of our big drive here in the school to make the children very aware of the environment,” she explained.
“There is lots of excitement about it and we have a very active parents’ council in the school, so we are going to be sending out a text to everybody and we plan to do a big clean-up between the cross in Banogue, the church and the school grounds.”
Bríd Fox of Cater Care Ltd on Lord Edward Street in the city, also won a round of golf and lunch for four people at Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort.
A spokesperson for the event, which will primarily take the form of a few hours of picking and cleaning, with Mr Binman crews to collect the litter that has been gathered on the day, stressed that the midnight deadline on Monday is a final one.
Getting involved is quick and simple – sign up at www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie or telephone 061 496200 to find out more.
Information packs and clean-up kits will be available for everyone who registers.