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Golden opportunity for Limerick communities

Limerick City and County Council, in association with the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, has announced that the deadline for receipt of applications and nominations in the Individual Merit Award, Community Challenge and Most Beautiful Front Garden categories of Limerick Going For Gold 2014 has been extended to Friday 15th August.

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July 14, 2014 (FPRC) -- The annual campaign, which this year features a prize fund of €52,500, encourages businesses, community groups and individuals to improve their areas.

While entries to three of the four Limerick Going For Gold categories are to remain open for another four weeks, the Tidy Towns category has already closed with groups scheduled to begin their live Going for Gold interviews on Live 95FM's Limerick Today show next Monday. Listeners to the programme will nominate one finalist each week over the next 5 weeks with a sixth finalist being put forward by Going for Gold judges.

Going for Gold organisers have announced a number of changes to this year's campaign including the introduction of a Perpetual Trophy for the Community Challenge category, which was won last year by the South Limerick City Residents Association. The Category prize fund has also been increased from €5,500 in 2013 to €10,000, with €5,000, €3,000 and €1,500 being awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed participants, with one Highly Commended entrant receiving a €500 prize.

Kieran Lehane, Director of Services, Environment, Limerick City and County Council commented: "Going for Gold showcases the commitment and motivation of local communities to improving their local areas and making Limerick a cleaner, brighter place to work, live and visit. The campaign also complements the national TidyTowns competition and encourages active citizenship.”

"I would encourage residents associations, groups and individuals across the city to get involved and apply. I want to acknowledge the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, as well as the local media for their ongoing support," added Mr. Lehane.

Limerick Going for Gold is supported by Live 95FM, The Limerick Leader and The Limerick Chronicle, Limerick Post, I Love Limerick and Southern Advertising.

Going for Gold category information:
Community Challenge (groups not participating in the TidyTowns Competition) - If you have a positive initiative happening in your community then download an application form from Limerick.ie/goingforgold. This category is open to all community groups and resident associations from Limerick City and environs.
Individual Merit Award - If you would like to acknowledge someone’s (adult or child) individual commitment to making their community a cleaner and brighter place to live, Going for Gold want to hear about it. All you need to do is complete the Going for Gold application form which may be downloaded from limerick.ie/goingforgold and is available on request from limerickgoingforgold@limerickcity.ie or 061-496367.
Most Beautiful Front Garden Competition (garden must be visible from the public road) - To enter the Going for Gold Garden Competition and be in with a chance to win a share of a prize fund to the value of €1,000 sponsored by the Parkway Shopping Centre send a completed application form and a maximum of 3 photos to garden@parkwaysc.com (email) or via post to 'Limericks Most Beautiful Front Garden Competition’, Managers Office, Parkway Shopping Centre, Dublin Rd., Limerick.

Send an email to Mark Dunphy of Dunphy PR
00353868534900



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