Mid and East Antrim’s Local Heroes celebrated at Coast Care Awards

Thursday 12 October 2017

Mid and East Antrim’s Local Heroes received special recognition from Live Here Love Here and Coca-Cola HBC at the 10th Anniversary of the Coca-Cola Coast Care Awards, held at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Mid and East Antrim’s Local Heroes celebrated at Coast Care Awards

The event, hosted by broadcaster Barra Best, praised and rewarded the efforts of volunteers who have gone the extra mile to clean up and look after our coastline and inland waterways, in a bid to preserve the natural beauty of these areas.

The awards also celebrated the beauty of Northern Ireland’s coastline and inland waterways through the Picture Perfect Award; showcasing the stunning scenery this country has to offer.

Ulidia Integrated College Eco Team in Carrickfergus jointly won the award for Brighter Futures.

The judges commented: “Ulidia Integrated College Eco Team carry out regular litter picking events at Loughshore beach and along the seafront at Carrickfergus, doing at least two picks each term in each location and collect litter for recycling.

“The litter is disposed of at the college within the ‘zero waste’ scheme so that none of it goes into landfill.”

Nicholas Davis from Larne Renovation Generation received an Honorary Mention in the Local Hero category.

Larne Renovation Generation was also given an Honorary Mention in the Coca Cola Coast Care Group, while the same accolade was bestowed on Friends of Bashfordsland Wood and Oakfield Glen.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, said: “Congratulations to all of those rightly honoured for their dedication and commitment to keeping Mid and East Antrim clean, safe and beautiful.

“They are all true inspirations and their shortlisting for these awards are recognition on a Northern Ireland level for the fantastic work they do.”

The Live Here Love Here Clean Coasts Programme supports the work of volunteers who clean up beaches, rivers and loughs throughout Northern Ireland, providing equipment and support to these outstanding local heroes. This would not be possible without the continued support of Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Dr Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, said: “Our 10-year partnership with Coca-Cola enables us to consistently support a growing movement of people who have the tenacity to keep on cleaning up our coast and inland waterways. Tonight we take the time to celebrate their achievements, their passion and their ‘can-do’ attitude that is keeping Northern Ireland’s shores, loughs, canals and rivers beautiful. It is obvious such volunteers really do live here and love here and their work is truly inspiring. Thank you.”

Louise Sullivan, Director Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, said: “We are immensely proud of our long-standing partnership with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. As leaders in sustainability, we strive to minimise our impact on the environment and a key element of our efforts are focused on environmental stewardship within communities.

“Everyone here tonight has the shared aim of keeping our country as beautiful as possible and I would like to both thank and congratulate everyone in this room for your hard work and dedication in doing so. These awards should act as an inspiration to others and hopefully your example will be followed and we will see many more volunteers around the country caring for our beautiful coast.”

These accolades are the latest in a string of awards for Mid and East Antrim in recent months.