'Help us hold on to gold'

Published 12/06/2013 | 05:36

Trina Houlihan, Joan O'Regan, Kieran Ruttledge, Darren O'Regan, Michael Slattery, slattery's carpets, and Mike O'Regan, Chamber Alliance members, tralee bay angling club, Tralee Baptist Church and volunteers cleaning up the stretch of river by Lidl in Tralee  for Tidy Towns on Tuesday evening.
In front; Trina Houlihan, Joan O'Regan and at back, Kieran Ruttledge, Darren O'Regan, Michael Slattery and Mike O'Regan. Photo: Paul Tearle

Simon Brouder

Simon Brouder

TRALEE Chamber Alliance have issued an urgent call for volunteers to help out with Tralee's Tidy Town effort and to help out with the running of the tourism kiosk on The Mall.

Kieran Ruttledge, Tralee Chamber Alliance CEO, said this week that Tralee is at risk of losing the Tidy Towns Gold Medal that was so hard-won last year unless the town's spirit of community and volunteersim can be harnessed in the coming weeks.

Mr Ruttledge also warned that the Tourism Kiosk located in the heart of Tralee could also face the prospect of closing earlier each day due to a shortage of volunteers.

"We badly need volunteers to help us run a number of community initiatives and events over the summer months. Our weekly town clean-ups only attract the same people every week but we need more hands to make light of the work that could help Tralee retain the Tidy Towns Gold Medal," he said.

"These volunteers need support as a matter of urgency. Tralee has a great tradition of volunteerism as demonstrated during the Rose of Tralee, and we are urging our members and the town in general to give some of their time to help strengthen this tradition," said Kieran Ruttledge.

The town clean-up takes place every Thursday evening at 7pm from outside the Grand Hotel on Denny Street. All the materials required to tidy the town are supplied.

Meanwhile Tralee Chamber Alliance has also warned that the Tourism Kiosk, which recently returned to the town centre for the three summer months, doesn't have enough volunteers to stay open long enough every day.

However Mr Ruttledge said the service is already in difficulty as the number of volunteers who have signed up to help man the Kiosk are well short of the numbers required.

The Kiosk will operate from 11am to 5pm each day and volunteers are required to do a two-hour shift from 11am to1pm, 1pm to 3pm or from 3pm to 5pm.

"We are badly in need of volunteers to help man the kiosk if any of our members are available to help us, we would be most grateful," said Kieran Ruttledge.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering their time can contact Tralee Chamber Alliance on 066-7117558 or email Kieran@Tralee.ie.


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