The HSE, as part of its Tipperary Town Disability Gold Star programme and in association with the South Tipperary Development Company (STDC), launched the “My Litter, My Responsibility” campaign at the Excel Arts Centre .
Munster MEP Brian Crowley officially launched the campaign at an event that also featured the prize-giving for the recent ‘My Litter, My Responsibility – the impact on people with disabilities’ competition that attracted over 125 entries from schools in South Tipperary. “Congratulations to all the associations involved in targeting a litter issue that effects the lives of people with disabilities in such a big way. Campaigns like this need the involvement and commitment of an entire community and getting the schools involved with a competition to create animation to get the message across, is a great way to create awareness amongst young people of the issues involved.”said MEP Brian Crowley.
Chairman of South Tipperary County Council Cllr. John Crosse was in attendance to show his support for this campaign. “The issue of dog pooh on our streets and the impact it has on people with disabilities is an on-going issue that needs to be addressed. The launch here today shows what can be done when organisations come together to create awareness and how involving the schools can be so impactful.”
Isobel Cambie (STDC) drove the ‘My Litter My Responsibility’ message home in her speech to a packed Excel Theatre where parents of the winning school children came out in force to support the launch. Mayor of Tipperary Town Ruaidhri Devitt commended everyone for working together in his speech. “This is a great occasion and great praise should be given to everyone here today. Thank you to Tina Mulhearne from South Tipperary Development Company, Anne Bradshaw of the HSE and Goldstar Initiative, the sponsors Clonmel Waste Disposal and most of all the people with disabilities particularly participants form the MooreHaven Centre and the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and of course the young people form the schools who participated in the competition.”
The Tipperary Town Disability Gold Star programme was established in 2012, following the success of a similar inter agency project in nearby Cashel. As an initial focus, in co-operation with the Town Council and South Tipperary Development Company, the subject of dog fouling has been highlighted and the awareness of its impact increased. “We warmly welcome MEP Brian Crowley to the ‘My Litter My Responsibility’ launch. As a Member of the European Parliament and a disabilities awareness campaigner in his own right, he has shared his experience and supported us in the past in Cashel – so we are delighted that he will mark the progress of this Gold Star programme in Tipperary Town,” said Anne Bradshaw. “I am delighted to be involved with this project and welcome the opportunity to include all the community in the initiative. People with disabilities have universally identified dog pooh and other litter on the streets as a major barrier for them when out and about on the streets in villages, towns and cities everywhere. It is great now to see Tipp Town, in partnership with the HSE Gold Star and the South Tipperary Development Company working proactively to address the issue by taking a lead roll in raising awareness and finding practical solutions to the problem.”
Tina Mulhearne of South Tipperary Development Company was really pleased with the attendance of dignitaries, the schools and the families of the children involved. “Thank you to every one who supported this event and congratulations to all the schools who part. It has been a great opportunity to work with Anne Bradshaw of the HSE on this initiative and was delighted that so many communities worked together to bring about a campaign of high impact.”