Tipperary schools play their part in litter campaign

Pupils from Cullen N.S. celebrating first place in the 'My Litter My Responsibility - the impact on people with disability' competition.Front Row L to R Bernadette Leahy, Emma Ryan, Darragh O'Brien and Kieran O'Sullivan. Back Row L to R: Gemma Nugent (dog costume), Cllrl John Crosse (Chairman of South Tipperary County Council), Mayor Ruaidhri Devitt, Marie Malloy (Sponsors) Clonmel Waste Disposal, Isabel Cambie (South Tipperary Development Company) and Sinead English (Dog costume).
A large part of the ‘My Litter, My Responsibility’ campaign launch at the Excel Arts Centre last Friday centered around a school competition ‘My Litter, My Responsibility – the impact on people with disability’ to raise awareness of litter amongst young people and the broader community about our responsibility for litter, dog pooh and chewing gum.

A large part of the ‘My Litter, My Responsibility’ campaign launch at the Excel Arts Centre last Friday centered around a school competition ‘My Litter, My Responsibility – the impact on people with disability’ to raise awareness of litter amongst young people and the broader community about our responsibility for litter, dog pooh and chewing gum.

The competition was organised by south Tipperary Development Company Ltd. (STDC) in conjunction with HSE disability Services Tipperary Gold Star and was open to schools in South Tipperary. 

“We invited students from all schools in South Tipperary to enter our competition to help create a Litter Awareness campaign to be launched in South Tipp during Spring Clean 2013.

“The specific focus for competition entries was our individual responsibility for litter and in particular for dog litter and chewing gum litter on our streets and in our community areas and most especially its impacts on people with disability,” said Tina Mulhearne (STDC).

The ‘My Litter, My Responsibility – the impact on people with disability’ competition attracted over 125 entries.  

Following an adjudication process, Cullen National School took first place, Coláiste Dun Iascaigh and Cullen National School were joint second place and Lisvernane N.S. and Gaelscoil Clonmel were joint third place in the competition. 

A viral video and twitter video based on the winning idea was premiered at ‘My Litter My Responsibility’ launch.

The winning idea is based on the characters “Poo Chew” versus “Captain Litter” and his sidekick “Bruscar”.

Speaking about the entries both Anne Bradshaw (HSE) and Tina Mulhearne (STDC) agreed that the response, quality, innovation and creativeness of the one hundred and twenty five plus entries received from schools across South Tipperary has been phenomenal. 

They would like to extend their appreciation and thanks to all students and their teachers who entered and wish to congratulate everybody who participated.

“It is hoped that this animation will inform people and encourage them to think and care enough about the impact of dog pooh and chewing gum litter that they don’t do it,” said Anne Bradshaw.

“The ultimate goal is, of course, a litter-free South Tipperary,” she concluded.