An exciting Junior Litter Warden initiative, for volunteers aged 6 to 12 years, commenced in Newpark Close, during the summer months. Supervised by local resident and community activist, Nora Webster, the scheme, the first of its kind in Kilkenny, has become an outstanding success.
With the emphasis on civic pride and personal responsibility, it was hoped, initially, that six participants, would give an hour of their time, on five consecutive Saturdays, to help keep the estate litter free. An amazing response saw 12 enthusiastic volunteers selected to implement the scheme. To the satisfaction of all concerned, there is already, a waiting list for phase two.
It is envisaged, this expansion of the scheme, will see two separate groups, alternating, for a weekly clean – up of the locality. Allied to this, the Project Manager of the Newpark Close Family Resource Centre, Sheila Donnelly; is to inaugurate a development plan, which will allow the volunteers, to turn selected recycled material, into works of art.
At a presentation dinner in Newpark Close FRC, the inaugural volunteers received Keep Kilkenny Beautiful (KKB) junior litter warden certificates from the Cathairlaoch of Kilkenny County Council and from the Deputy Mayor of the Borough Council.
Lauding the volunteers Cathairlaoch Cllr. Maire Fitzpatrick complimented them, saying, they were a credit to their parents, their families and their neighbourhood.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr. John Coonan thanked the youth of Newpark Close for their outstanding contribution to the community and he urged them to continue with; “this worthwhile endeavour.”
Closing the ceremony, sponsor Seán Leahy, Chairman KKB, expressed his appreciation to Nora Webster, for her dedication and commitment, which continued to drive the Junior Litter Warden schem”. Concluding he wished; “that the imagination and idealism displayed by the people of Newpark Close would invigorate and nspire other communities.”