COMMUNITY groups across the city are set to compete for their share of a €50,000 prize fund as part of this year’s Going for Gold competition.
The competition - which is in its third year - will take place between now and the end of August with the overall winner being announced in early September.
The main competition will see groups which have entered this year’s national Tidy Towns competition competing for the Going for Gold title.
The scores from the national Tidy Towns competition will be combined with the marks of the local judges as part of the competition, which is supported by the JP McManus charitable trust.
Last year’s winners, Janesboro and the 2011 winners Castletroy View are among those hoping for success again in 2013.
“Going for Gold is a simple but powerful idea where people can volunteer and make a difference to their own area and make it a better place to live,” said Gerry Boland of the JP McManus Charitable foundation at the launch of this year’s competition.
Mr Boland noted that since the competition started in 2011 the number of community groups from Limerick city which have entered the national Tidy Towns competition has grown from just one to more than 20 this year.
“The JP McManus Charitable 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,” he added.
Josephine Cotter-Coughlan, director of service for Limerick City and County Councils is urging everyone to come out and support the efforts to improve Limerick city during the Going for Gold competition.
“It’s about volunteering and it’s about getting people to own their own place and community and to enhance it and beautify it in whatever way they see fit,” she said.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kathleen Leddin, says Limerick Going for Gold is a fantastic initiative.
“I think Limerick has benefited from it and from the enthusiasm that it has generated in communities. They have worked extremely hard and they are to be really lauded for they have done for the city,” she said.
All of the communities which are taking part in the Limerick Going for Gold competition will feature in the Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle newspapers over the coming weeks as well as on Live 95FM’s flagship Limerick Today programme.
Each week, one community will qualify for the grand final of the competition through a public text-vote with the panel of local judges selecting four additional “wildcard” finalists.
The overall winner of the competition will be chosen by way of a combination of the national Tidy Towns results and the votes of local community and the Going for Gold judges.
For more information log onto the Limerick Going for Gold Facebook page.