18,500-strong volunteer army ready to go for Team Limerick Clean-up

Maria Flannery

Reporter:

Maria Flannery

Paul O’Connell and Ella Byrne, 5,  launching TLC4 in Newcastle West

Paul O’Connell and Ella Byrne, 5, launching TLC4 in Newcastle West

IT’S ONCE again set to be Europe’s largest collective clean up event, and it’s taking place in Limerick this Friday under the banner of TLC4.

The community effort, Team Limerick Clean-up, will see over 18,500 volunteers take to the streets all across the city and county, to pick up litter in their local environments.

The event takes place every year on Good Friday, and is sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund. Limerick City and County Council is also supported by the Limerick Leader, Live 95fm and Mr Binman for the cleanup, which has rugby legend Paul O’Connell as its ambassador.

The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Stephen Keary, this week wished the thousands of people who have signed up to volunteer luck this Good Friday.

“I would like to wish the more than 18,500 volunteers the very best of luck on Friday.  You are the heartbeat of your communities and your communities are only going to get stronger as a result of volunteering on Good Friday for TLC4,” said the mayor.

“It is a credit to all who are willing to give up their Good Friday morning to clean up their areas. They are showing true Limerick spirit.

“TLC is one of the best events ever devised. It is now in its fourth year and is getting bigger and bigger every year. This growth is testament to all the communities and groups who come together and make it what it is. It is about taking pride in where you live and wanting it to be better,” added Mayor Keary.

“Thanks once again to the JP McManus Benevolent Fund, Paul O’Connell and Limerick City and County Council for funding and co-ordinating this great initiative, Mr Binman, Live95FM and Limerick Leader which have all been fantastic supporters of it.”

The clean-up will be happening across the county, and many community groups will be taking advantage of the community spirit for even more interesting initiatives, like Tait House Community Enterprise in Southill and its trash fashion event.

“TLC has been a significant motivation and inspiration to our organisation since the first year. It is a simple but brilliant idea that we have capitalised on and created a link with our Tidy Towns and Going for Gold programmes.”