A chance to make a real difference

Published 01/04/2014 | 05:40

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The redication ceremony for the Doorly Park arch, which was part of the 2013 Get Involved project run by Sligo Tidy Towns

GET Involved. That's the call this week to communities across Sligo.

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The Sligo Champion is again giving you the chance to make a real difference in your area.

In the second nationwide competition run by local newspapers across the country, we're looking for a winning sustainable energy/ environmental project.

Entries are now invited from voluntary community initiatives and schools under the following headings: Energy, Water, Food, Nature/ Biodiversity, Sustainable Employment, Ecotourism and Resource Efficiency.

Sligo Champion Editor Jenny McCudden said: "This is a great chance to make a difference to local communities, while contributing to a more sustainable Ireland.

"This is a 'call to action' to local people, groups, schools, etc., to Get Involved."

The first scheme proved an outstanding success last year.

A total of 22 projects took part.

The Sligo Champion/ Sligo Tidy Towns 'Clean And Green Doorly Park' finished third overall.

President Michael D Higgins hosted the award winners at a special reception in Aras an Uachtarain.

This year, the organisers, the Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland (RNPAI) and the NNI Local and Regional Newspapers have been joined by the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) as main sponsors.

The closing date for entries is April 18th.

Local entries will be judged locally.

'Get Involved' will be officially launched in late April, with the commencement of the respective projects.

The successful Sligo entry will receive full support from The Sligo Champion.

This includes extensive publicity with regular updates throughout the project and free advertising.

We'll also provide assistance in identifying local expertise, sources of funding, etc.

A special entry form is included in this week's edition.

The national judges are Broadcaster and Environmentalist, Duncan Stewart, who acts as Chairman, with Independent Ecologist, Anja Murray, and Davie Philip, Cultivate Community Resilience Programme.

In a change from last year's format, the voluntary projects don't necessarily have to be completed by pre-judging in October/November.

However, there must be demonstrable proof that the projects are on target their plan and have commenced or completed a number of elements of the project.

An awards ceremony will take place in Dublin in January.

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