By Conor Forrest
MARK your diary – the Athy Tidy Towns annual river clean-up will take place on Saturday 15 May from 10am to 1pm.
It’s run in conjunction with Athy Anglers, Athy Rowing and Canoeing Club, Athy Sports Hub, Kildare Sports Partnership, Athy Dragon Boat Club, Kildare County Show, Kildare Co Council, Civil Defence, Athy Town Promoters, Athy Boat Tours, community gardaí, Athy Triathlon Club, Athy Waterways, Athy College and the local community.
Organisers say social distancing and current Government guidelines must be adhered to. The following rules must be followed to ensure individuals are equipped to make an educated, safe and mindful decision to conduct a solo clean-up, and always discard of the collected trash and used PPE items (gloves etc.) in a proper way.
– What to bring: mask, gloves, hand sanitiser, grabbers (if you have them), if not they will provide all necessities.
– Avoid crowded areas at crowded times.
– Wear a mask or cloth face covering when in public.
– Wear gloves: the organisers cannot stress this safety precaution enough. Wearing gloves discourages you from touching your face or face covering. If using reusable gloves, be sure to properly sanitise between uses.
– Use grabbers to minimise contact between your gloves and trash items. Sanitise these after use and before use.
– Remember to use hand sanitiser after the clean-up is over, then wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds as soon as you’re able to do so.
– Be responsible! If you are feeling sick or generally unwell, please stay indoors and heal.
The clean-up is sponsored by Conlans Family Store and you can phone Patricia Berry for more details on 086 8470232.