A group of litter heroes from Carrickfergus have been recognised at the Live Here Love Here Community Awards for their commitment to making Northern Ireland a cleaner, greener, safer place to live.
The group AES Kilroot Green Team won the Adopt a Spot Award at the ceremony which was held this week in the Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office.
The awards, which are sponsored by ISL Waste Management Ltd and organised by charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, celebrate inspirational volunteers from across Northern Ireland who have and continue to instil pride in our local communities through practical environmental action.
The awards celebrated work such as litter picks, community involvement and going above and beyond all expectations. The bespoke award pieces, handmade out of recycled materials, were created using unplugged methods by David Keys Sustainable Woodcraft.
Dr Ian Humphreys, CEO of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said: “We are all remembered for our actions and everyone involved in Live Here Love Here, whether volunteer or funding partner, is changing people’s lives for the better and leaving a lasting legacy. With 170 nominations for tonight’s awards it is obvious that there is a growing movement of people who act because they care.”
Speaking on behalf of ISL Waste Management Ltd, Managing Director Barry Donaghy said the company was privileged to support the Community Awards.
“As a business, ISL delivers a zero waste to landfill promise to our clients. We are also passionate about educating everyone on the need to reduce the amount of waste we produce, make wise choices on what materials we buy as consumers and be aware of the impact we have on the environment. We can’t take the attitude that it’s someone else’s problem,” he said.
He added: “Supporting the Live Here Love Here Community Awards is an essential message to the whole business community that if we all play our part in creating a clean environment we will make Northern Ireland a place where people want to live and work.”
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful run a number of campaigns and programmes that embody the values of Live Here Love Here which would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers who have shown they truly do love where they live.
If you would like to find out more or get involved with Live Here Love Here please visit www.liveherelovehere.org