Paul O'Connell with Daniel Kuzencovs and Chief Superintendent, David Sheehan looking forward to TLC2, at St Gabriel’s School and Centre
WITH just one week to go to Team Limerick Clean-up 2, the final preparations are unde rway to ensure that everything runs smoothly for the 13,414 volunteers who have signed up for the mammoth community endeavour.
Following on from the huge success of last year’s Team Limerick Clean-up, which saw over 10,000 volunteers give up to 20,000 hours of their time cleaning up Limerick, Team Limerick Clean-up 2 (TLC2) is set to take place again this year on Good Friday, March 25.
Over 13,000 volunteers including over 400 groups have signed up to take part in the initiative which is sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and is co-ordinated by Limerick City and County Council with the support of the Limerick Leader, Mr Binman and Live 95FM.
Resident associations, youth groups, schools, sporting organisations, businesses and families are all gearing up to get their hands dirty while enjoying the feel good factor that comes with participating in such a worthwhile undertaking.
This week, group leaders will receive a text with their unique reference number and details on where to collect their clean-up packs. They must bring their reference number with them when collecting their packs. If anyone is unable to collect on the allocated day, they may collect them them from Dutec, Corcanree Business Park, Dock Road, Limerick on the days outlined – Saturday, March 19 from 10am to 2.30pm; Monday, March 21 until 7pm; Tuesday, March 22 until 7pm; Wednesday, March 23 until 7pm; Thursday, March 24 until 8pm. There will also be a collection point in Kilmallock on Monday, March 21 from 4pm to 7pm, in Murroe on Monday, March 21 (at a time to be confirmed) and in Newcastle West on Tuesday, March 22 from 4pm to 7pm.
Sporting heroes including Limerick’s most iconic rugby legend, Paul O’Connell, and members of the Limerick senior and U-21 hurling teams have all pledged their support for the endeavour.
“The reason it was such a success last year – we had over 10,000 people out – is the simplicity of the whole thing,” said Paul O’Connell.
The retired Ireland rugby captain who participated in last year’s clean-up along with his son Paddy is urging people to give up a few hours of their time on Good Friday to get involved in the fun and worthwhile event.
“On Good Friday, apart from religious ceremonies, there isn’t a whole lot else to be doing and I think the big thing is to get your kids out, or your kids to see you out. It’s all about creating habits here,” added Paul who joined Chief Superintendent David Sheahan for a photocall this Tuesday ahead of next week’s big clean-up.
Chief Supt Sheahan says “it’s imperative that all groups and participants take responsibility for themselves on the day for their own safety - in particular observing the rules of the road at all times.
“We are asking all participants to have safety as their number one priority on the day and to not take any chances,” he said.
JP McManus - who came up with the idea for the clean-up along with Paul and local activist Helen O'Donnell - is very keen to see children getting involved in the initiative which will see them form good habits for life.
There will be tea and coffee gatherings at a number of locations throughout the city and county after the TLC2 event takes place.
While participants are encouraged to contribute as much of their time as they wish on the day, most of the teams will be out from 10am to12pm. See http://teamlimerickcleanup.ie/ and follow TLC2 on Twitter and Facebook.