Gaelscoil pupils help launch National Spring Clean

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Cathaoirleach Johnnie Penrose with model and An Taisce ambassador Sarah McGovern

Cathaoirleach Johnnie Penrose with model and An Taisce ambassador Sarah McGovern

Model and ambassador of An Taisce’s National Spring Clean campaign, Sarah McGovern, came to Gaelscoil an Choillin recently to kick off the annual event which runs throughout April.

Sarah was joined by cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council Johnnie Penrose and members of Mullingar Tidy Towns, together with pupils from Gaelscoil an Choillin. The council is encouraging community groups from all over Westmeath to register for this year’s campaign and organise a clean-up in their local area.

The National Spring Clean campaign is Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative with over half a million clean-ups taking place across Ireland every year.

Cathaoirleach Johnnie Penrose said “We are delighted to have Sarah here today to help us to put a spring in our step and kickstart our National Spring Clean campaign. We have been delighted to see the numbers of community groups, schools, sports, and youth clubs from around the county take part in this campaign each year and we would love to see a surge in the numbers of volunteers taking part this year.

“I am especially glad to join with all the teachers and girls and boys from Gaelscoil an Choillin who have been working very hard on the theme of ‘Bruscar agus dramhaíl’ or ‘Litter and waste’ for their first Green Flag.”

All volunteers registering for the National Spring Clean campaign are issued with a free clean-up kit which contains information, posters, colour-coded refuse sacks for segregation of waste materials, protective gloves, and tabards to keep participants clean. Those who wish to take part should register on www.nationalspringclean.org or by calling (01 ) 4002219.

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