Saturday, 15 February 2014

Gosport Volunteering Groups urge schools and community groups to join ‘Litter Bugs Me’ campaign.


The issue of litter, like the thoughtlessly disgarded drinks cans, cigarette butts, sweet wrappers and takeaway containers on our streets and byways, never seems to go away.

Gosport Voluntary Action supported Give Gain and Grow and Loud and Proud volunteer groups and Litteraction are addressing this problem as the focus of Volunteers Week (1st.- 8th June 2014), by organising a  ‘Litter Bugs Me!’ Campaign and Competition to promote the merits of keeping our town or village clean and awareness of the environmental impact of dropping litter. 

Businesses, schools, community and church groups are urged to support the campaign by entering a ‘Litter Bug’ art competition, featuring typical items that can be found discarded on our streets. Businesses can get involved by donating prizes or equipment.

Participants will be encouraged to carry out a litterpick of their own patch and take photographs to accompany their entry.

The entries will be judged with a prize awarded to the ‘Litter Bug’ winner and certificates to all entries, at a special  ceremony at the Gosport Council Chambers  to coincide with National Volunteers Week in June. A display of the entries will be on view at the Gosport Discovery Centre, together with campaign information and photographs

There will also be a Big Clean Up weekend featuring litter picks on 7th June on Lee - on - Solent seafront and 8th June in Gosport.

Loud and Proud member Holly Ure said, ‘This a great opportunity for schools and  groups to have fun creating their own ‘Litter Bug’, while helping to raise public awareness of the need to bin rubbish rather than throw it down in the streets’. 

Groups and Businesses interested in getting involved are invited to an Open Meeting on Wednesday 26th February from 1.30 – 3.00pm at the Masonic Halls, Clarence Road, Gosport, or by contacting Sue Greene on 07910 875079; email givegaingrow@gvaprojects.org.uk

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