Novel beach scheme scoops Quigley award
SKERRIES ' Adopt-a-Beach Scheme' was the winner of this year's Jim Quigley Volunteer Group of the Year. The Adopt-a-Beach scheme was set up by Emily Diebold, with the help of An Taisce, whereby volunteer families, schools, clubs and organisation can ' own' a stretch of beach for a year. The volunteers then look after their stretch and keep it litter free.
Fingal County Council provides the gloves, bags and litter pickers for the volunteers. The award was presented to Ms Diebold last Saturday at Skerries Community Association's Annual General Meeting. The Adopt-a-Beach scheme was nominated by the people of Skerries as they felt it deserved the recognition for its work within the community for keeping the beach clean and tidy. Each adopters or ' beach guardians' receive a certificate of adoption to keep. The award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Quigley who gave so much of his time as a volunteer to Skerries.
Jane Landy, chair of Skerries Community Association presented the award to Emiy Diebold who accepted it on behalf of the volunteers in the scheme.