Local residents have been rewarded for their commitment to the environment through the first ever ‘Live Here Love Here Community Awards’.
Whitehead Wombles were among prizewinners.
The awards were presented by Mid and East Antrim mayor Councillor Audrey Wales MBE at a ceremony hosted by television presenter Joe Mah0n, of television’s “Lesser Spotted Ulster”.
Joe provided guests with stories from his own experiences in environmental action along the way.
The event took place at The Great Hall in Queens University, Belfast.
Whitehead Wombles took the Mid and East Antrim Litter Heroes Award.
In addition, there was an honorary mention for Islandmagee woman Elena Cully and Trevor Dunlop, from Connect Ministries, Ballymena.
The winner trophy was a bespoke piece made out of recycled materials.
Cllr. Wales said that the audience heard inspirational tales from volunteers who have instilled pride in their local communities through practical environmental action.
She added: “Twelve awards were presented in total, rewarding work such as litter picks, community involvement and going above and beyond all expectations.”
The innovative ‘Live Here Love Here Community Awards’ were run by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
The organisers said that the awards “provide an opportunity for volunteers to be recognised for their enthusiasm and selfless commitment to encouraging pride in our communities through practical environmental action”.
“The varied range of ages and backgrounds of each of the winning groups showed the diverse and immense commitment to making where we live beautiful.”
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful runs a number of campaigns and programmes that embody the values of Live Here Love Here which would not be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers.
To find out more or get involved with Live Here Love Here visit the website; www.liveherelovehere.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org