In the last few weeks the Tipperary Gold Star Logo signage has been erected on all entrance roads into Tipperary town. Tipperary Town is now ring fenced for focus on raising disability awareness.
“The aim of the Gold Star Project is to encourage all businesses and service providers to strive towards achieving universal access for all customers, and to gain a gold star status for their business or service,” said Anne Bradshaw from HSE.
The logo for the signage was developed by students from the local schools in a recent art competition in Tipperary Town, based on the original Cashel Gold Star logo. The winning students were Garry Breen, Abbey CBS, Anne Marie Burns, St. Anne’s SC and Darragh McGrath, St. Ailbe’s SC.
Many local businesses in Tipperary Town are actively supporting the Tipperary Gold Star project by engaging in various initiatives and events.
One such project, in partnership with South Tipperary Development Company (STDC), is a spring clean 2013 litter awareness campaign to focus on the impact of litter in our community with specific focus on the impact of dog pooh and chewing gum for people with disabilities.
Niall Morrissey, CEO, STDC said, “We are delighted that the Tipperary Gold Star initiative has come on board with our litter awareness campaign so we can work together and focus on the impact of litter on people with disabilities.”
The project is now asking all schools in South Tipperary to participate in a competition to develop a fun based, ‘Litter Awareness’ campaign that can be used during spring clean period. The students are asked to reflect on the impact of dog pooh and chewing gum on streets and public spaces in our villages and towns, with specific focus on how it impacts on people with disabilities. The winning team will be presented with an iPad per student (max 4 per team), kindly sponsored by Clonmel Waste Disposal and one iPad for the winning school, sponsored by Fitzpatrick Printing.
Speaking with students at local schools this week, Tina Mulhearne, STDC and Anne Bradshaw, HSE, emphasised the importance of personal responsibility for litter to all the students. Ms Mulhearne encouraged all schools to participate and have fun learning about their own responsibility for litter and how they can help encourage everyone to scoop the poop! “It is fun based project with a serious message,” said Ms Mulhearne. “All schools are welcome to participate on the project and have been contacted by letter.” For those wishing to find out more information log on to www.tipp.cashelgoldstar.ie for competition rules of entry.
The Tipperary Chamber of Commerce are on board with the Tipperary Goldstar project and just recently the Tipperary Branch of the IWA and participants from the Moorehaven Centre took part in a ‘wheelabout’ in Tipperary Town to highlight access barriers for wheelchair users and people with visual impairments, along with highlighting positives in the Town. In the coming months the Task Group will be working with businesses and services in the Town to address these issues in the most cost effective way possible.
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