(L-R): Photographed are players from Carniny Amateur and Youth FC alongside Assistant Manager from McDonald’s, Christine Orr and Business Manager from McDonald’s, Julie McDowell.
Players from Carniny Amateur and Youth FC recently joined with the McDonald’s Ballymena restaurant for a litter clean-up at the Ecos Centre, Ballymena. The event formed part of McDonald’s campaign aimed at tackling litter in parks, on paths and along roadsides in towns across Northern Ireland.
The ‘30 Parks in 30 Days’ campaign saw McDonald’s employees undertake more than 30 local litter clean-ups in parks and nature areas throughout the 30 days of June. Led by the seven local franchisees across McDonald’s estate of 34 restaurants in Northern Ireland, they were supported by a range of local community groups, elected representatives and football clubs – including Carniny Amateur and Youth FC.
Des Lamph, Franchisee of the McDonald’s Ballymena restaurant commented:
“Our annual ‘30 Parks in 30 Days’ campaign reinforces McDonald’s strong commitment to tackle litter right across the UK and Ireland.
“Like our customers and stakeholders, we are always deeply disappointed to see people acting irresponsibly when it comes to littering. We want to play a leading role in sparking a change in behaviour towards what can only be described as a scourge on our environment.
“Across the UK and Ireland, our employees walk over 5,000 miles every week picking up all waste – our packaging and that of other retailers – by the sides of roads, in parks and on paths. This is further enhanced through proactive partnerships with local community groups, such as Cairney FC, to keep our area clean and litter free by carrying out regular litter picks.”
Billy O'Flaherty MBE and Secretary, at Carniny Amateur and Youth FC welcomed the opportunity to partner with McDonald’s to tackle litter in Ballymena.
“We were delighted to take part in the McDonald’s litter collection at the Ecos Centre, Ballymena. I wish other organisations held similar campaigns to keep our community clean.
“McDonald’s 30 Parks 30 Days initiative is a brilliant opportunity to collaborate with McDonald’s to help keep our local community clean and echoes the values we aim to teach our players at Carniny Amateur and Youth FC.”