IRELAND’s Olympians will not be the only ones seeking gold this summer, as city communities bid to keep their areas clean.
The number of city communities signed up to take part in the Limerick Leader-backed Going for Gold competition has more than doubled year-on-year - and there is still time to enter!
Philanthropist JP McManus is once again encouraging city communities to keep clean - and the €50,000 incentive on offer may even grow, the chairman of his charity foundation has said.
Limerick City Council is urging communities across Limerick to get involved in the campaign, designed to raise awareness of environmental issues, get people involved in their own areas, and have fun while volunteering.
Once again, the JP McManus Foundation has put up a prize fund of €50,000 for the competition, which begins on Monday.
But this year, there are four chances for communities to impress the judges. There is a category for communities which have entered the national Tidy Towns competition.
Alongside this, there is a category designed for groups not taking part in the Tidy Towns competition. Thirdly, there is a merit award for an individual who has done a bit extra for their community.
And there is a category for the Most Creative Garden, with the €1,000 prize sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre.
Communities from all sides of the city are Going for Gold, and you can follow their exploits over the next few weeks in the Limerick Leader and our sister publication, the Limerick Chronicle. All of the communities will also feature on Live 95FM’s Limerick Today programme.
The overall winners will be decided by text vote, and announced at a grand final in City Hall in September.
Declan Moylan, chairman of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation hinted that there could be more than €50,000 on offer.
Recalling last year, when JP McManus sponsored the similar Community Challenge, Mr Moylan said: “I thought the enthusiasm was unbelievable. Anything that is required from JP’s foundation, we will support it fully. If extra funds are needed, we will produce them.”
Mayor McLoughlin wants to see more communities sign up to take part.
“The message today is to get out there, get involved, and let’s make Limerick a cleaner and greener place to live. Hopefully this initiative will make the streets cleaner and give people’s gardens a boost, ” he told the Limerick Leader.
Environmental director of service Caroline Curley is hoping the second year of Going for Gold can be the best ever.