COMMUNITIES across the city are being encouraged to take part in this year’s Limerick Going for Gold competition, which has a prize fund of more than €50,000.
Organised by Limerick City and County Council in association with the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, Going for Gold encourages businesses, community groups and individuals to improve their areas by getting involved in the National Tidy Towns Competition and generally improving their areas.
Participating communities will be hoping to emulate the success of Annacotty which scooped the overall award last year.
This year’s competition, which will run throughout the summer, will feature four separate categories, namely Tidy Towns Groups, Community Challenge (for groups not participating in Tidy Towns), Individual Merit Award and Most Beautiful Front Garden (sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre).
The overall prize fund has been increased to €52,500 with a top prize of €10,000 for the overall winner.
In addition, a perpetual trophy is to be awarded to the winner of the Community Challenge, which has seen it’s total prize fund increase from €5,500 to €9,000.
The Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kathleen Leddin says Going for Gold continues to grow from strength to strength.
“Going for Gold proved to be a massive success in 2013 and the changes (this year) are likely to generate even greater interest amongst community groups and business who are considering participating,” said Cllr Leddin, who was performing one her last official functions before Friday’s Local Elections.
Gerry Boland of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation is encouraging communities to take part.
“Going for Gold is a simple but powerful idea where people can make a difference to their own area and make it a better place to live, work and visit,” he said.
For more details and information on how to register, log onto limerick.ie/goingforgold.