TWELVE communities from across Limerick city will be vying for public support in the coming weeks as the JP McManus sponsored Community Challenge gets underway in earnest.
As part of the challenge, which carries a prize fund of €50,000, each of the communities which have entered in this year’s Tidy Towns competition will also be looking to impress the panel of local judges.
The JP McManus Foundation has come on board with an additional initiative to encourage each of the groups to go the extra mile with the launch of the €50,000 Community Challenge.
Throughout the month of August each of the 12 communities will be seeking public support in order to make it through to the final, with the winner being announced at City Hall in early September.
Each week, three of the groups will be featured in the Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle newspapers as well on Limerick’s Live 95FM’s Limerick Today programme.
Members of the public will then be asked to select which of the three they want to see make it through to the final.
In addition to the four groups which are selected by the public, the judging panel will select an additional two “wildcards” for inclusion in the final.
The results of the Tidy Towns competition proper will be combined with points from the judges to detirmine the overall winner
“Tidy Towns is a wonderful concept, a simple but powerful process where people can make a difference to their own area and make it a better place to live, work and visit, ” said JP McManus.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long is delighted that JP McManus is on board.
“The objective of the Community Challenge is to raise awareness, get people involved and make a physical difference to their environment, ” he said.