Communities urged to get involved as TidyTowns 2015 is launched
Communities throughout County Wexford have been urged to get involved in the 2015 SuperValu TidyTowns competition which was officially launched last week Ann Phelan, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu.
'2015 marks the 24th year of SuperValu's sponsorship of TidyTowns. This is one of the longest running sponsorships in Ireland and one that we are extremely proud to be supporting and we hope the people of Co. Wexford will be as much involved this year as in previous years,' said Mr. Kelleher.
'We believe in local and TidyTowns is a perfect partnership for SuperValu. With 222 stores nationwide, our retailers are uniquely positioned to work with TidyTowns committees in County Wexford and throughout Ireland to build sustainable communities that we will be proud to pass on to future generations. Not only do we support TidyTowns nationally, but retailers contribute a further €100,000 to committees locally.'
Mr. Kelleher says every year, there is tremendous work carried out by TidyTowns committees in County Wexford and every town and village in Ireland and this year we are hoping to further acknowledge this work with the inclusion of a youth category award, which will recognise some of the fine work undertaken by younger committee members.
'We live in challenging times, economically and socially, but the SuperValu TidyTowns competition demonstrates the power of local and the value it brings to our communities and our country,' he said.
Minister Phelan said, 'the SuperValu TidyTowns Competition encourages the efforts of local people who bring huge benefits to their communities. It recognises all the work of the TidyTowns volunteers, from the planning stage to the completion of projects. Each year for the last four years this competition has attracted over 800 entries from cities, towns and villages throughout the country and I hope that this impetus will be sustained this year.'