THREE Freemen of Limerick, plus hurlers at Limerick’s academy and the Murroe Boher Camogie Club are now among the more than 4,000 volunteers to have signed up for the Team Limerick Clean-up taking place on Good Friday.
Sir Terry Wogan is the latest Freeman to throw his weight behind the project, which is being backed by JP McManus with Paul O’Connell acting as an ambassador for the innovative anti-litter campaign that is taking place on April 3.
The voice of BBC Radio said he was supporting the project as “a proud citizen of Limerick”.
He said he was urging people to get involved in the “massive clean-up on Good Friday”.
“We can’t do it without you. We have the help of the Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live 95FM as well, but without you, nothing can happen. So please, throw yourself into it, make Limerick a better brighter place,” he said.
A spokesperson for the campaign said it was getting “a great reaction with over 4,000 volunteers signed up to date”.
In fact, there are some 4,152 volunteers and 155 groups signed up as of this week.
Paul O’Connell has also urged “as many people as possible to get out on the streets of Limerick and its surrounding areas for two to four hours of picking, cleaning and brushing” on the day.
The Irish captain said “the effects of such a simple event are far reaching” and explained that his own son will take part in the upcoming clean-up. The rugby legend recently sent a letter to schools, encouraging as many as possible to also heed the call to sign up for cleaning action on April 3.
“My son Paddy will be nearly five next Good Friday,” wrote Paul.
“He will be taking part in his first Team Limerick Clean-up. Hopefully, when Paddy is 20 he will be taking part in his 16th Team Limerick Clean-up.
“At that stage for him it will just be something he does every year as a Limerick person. Taking pride in his city and county, looking after it and keeping it clean will be part of Paddy’s everyday life.
“It will be a habit, and by repeatedly encouraging these habits and engaging in them ourselves a standard of excellence around cleanliness and tidiness in the city will take off.”
The TLC campaign is sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and is being held in partnership with Mr Binman, with media sponsors supporting the initiative including the Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live 95FM.
Getting involved is quick and simple – sign up at www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie. or telephone 061 496200 to find out more.
Information packs and clean-up kits will be available for everyone who registers and there are prizes on offer for signing up before February 14.