Monster Raffle to Aid East Cork Clean Coast

By Seamus Whelehan

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A team of beachcombers are on a mission to clean 30km of East Cork’s coast line and they need your help.
Clean Coasts Ballynamona and Ballymacoda Ladysbridge, Community Council,(BLCC) have joined forces to raise funds to purchase a quad bike and trailer.
Tickets priced at €5 each or three for €10 can be purchased from Proinsias O’Tuama at St Colman’s Community College or by emailing; potuama@colmans.ie.
Prizes range from a family membership of Castlemartyr Hotel to a BBQ from Co-op Superstore worth to a €100 voucher for Ballycotton Seafood.
The total prize fund is worth over €3,000. The draw takes place on 2 September 2017 in Ballycotton.
No cash alternative will be offered in lieu of any prizes and no correspondence will be entered into.
Both groups say the new equipment would help them make a greater impact in the community by making better use of their resources.
At present volunteers are spending up to 60% of their time carrying marine and sewage related litter back to designated collection points..
Last year 500,000 pieces of litter were picked by groups like Clean coast Ballynamona and BLCC.
Since Clean Coast Ballynamona was established in 2014 it has received two ocean hero awards
The group made up of 70 students from St Colman’s Community College under the instruction of Proinsias O’Tuama were key in the removal of over 12 tonnes of marine litter in the East Cork area, particularly near Ballycotton where they have been dealing with the ongoing issue of fly tipping.
Mr O’Tuama said they have received significant help already from local businesses with some financial donations from Midleton Skip Hire, Midleton Veterinary Hospital, Saturday Pizzas, Ballycotton Seafood, Teachers’ Union of Ireland, The Garryvoe Hotel, Ballycotton Medical Centre, Ballycotton Community Development Company, Tesco Community Fund, and the Castlemartyr Resort. They have also applied for funding from the FLAG (Fisheries and Local Action Group) who promote and support coastal communities.
If the groups target is realised the equipment will be deployed on beaches between Ballycotton and Ballymacoda under licence from the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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