COMMUNITIES across the city and its environs are being encouraged to take part in this year’s Limerick Going for Gold competition, which has attracted a record prize fund.
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 local areas by getting involved in the National Tidy Towns Competition and generally improving their areas.
As part of the competition, which is supported by the Limerick Leader, the marks of a panel of local judges will be combined with the marks awarded in the national Tidy Towns competition.
All of the participating communities will be hoping to emulate the success of the previous winners, Annacotty, Janesboro and Castletroy View.
This year’s competition, which will run throughout the summer, will feature four main 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.
A perpetual trophy will also 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 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 this week’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.
Mr Boland added that the JP McManus Charitable Foundation is glad to be associated with the Limerick Going for Gold, initiative which has seen more than €100,000 awarded to local communities in recent years. “The Foundation is delighted to provide local communities here in Limerick city with an incentive to get together, improve their own areas and enjoy and reap the benefits that participation can bring.”
In addition to the overall competition which is open to entrants in the national Tidy Towns competition, a number of new categories have been introduced for the first time this year.
These are: Overall most improved score (€1,000), most improved entrant in tidiness & litter control (€1,000), sustainable waste & resource management (€1,000), landscaping & open spaces (€1,000), community involvement & planning (€500), wildlife, habitats & natural amenities (€500).
Log onto www.limerick.ie/goingforgold for more.