GLENO schoolboy, Cameron Liddle, has won the Mid and East Antrim Litter Hero award at the third annual Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Community Awards.
Cameron was named as the winner for his work as a dedicated litter picker.
Over the past year he has lifted around 100 bags of litter from the Larne and Carrickfergus areas.
He is out lifting litter at every opportunity and at least on a weekly basis in and around Carrickfergus and Larne areas.
Cameron’s dad keeps a litter picker and black bags in his boot so that they are ready to go.
He even took his litter picker to Donegal so he could continue the effort while on holiday.
Other local groups received honorary mentions on the day.
Barn Court Children’s Home in Carrickfergus received honorary mentions in both the MEA Litter Hero and Adopt a Spot categories.
A Good Neighbour Award Honorary mention was awarded to Wesley Court Gardening Club in Carrickfergus while the 930 Club in Cullybackey were named in the BIG Transformation group.
Brighter Whitehead received an honorary mention in the Spirit of Live Here Love Here Award category.
Guest Speaker at the awards ceremony, Jo Ruxton, thanked the volunteers and encouraged them to make a stand in their local communities and champion the reduction of litter.
“Never underestimate just how much one single person can achieve.
“The problem might seem insurmountable but take that first step on your own and just watch how many people join you and help bring about change.”
Live Here Love Here Manager, Jodie McAneaney, said: “These awards are so important, they give us the opportunity to highlight the issues and reward those who are actively making a difference.
“Plastic in particular has been hitting the headlines this year with its devastating effects, making our special guest Jo Ruxton the perfect candidate to inspire us to really strive for change.
“The fact that every piece of plastic ever created is still on the planet is a real eye opener.
“Hopefully in 2019 our continued efforts and that of our volunteers and partners can make steps towards tackling this terrible problem.”
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful run a number of campaigns and programmes that embody the values of Live Here Love Here which would not be possible without the help of their dedicated volunteers.
If you would like to find out more or get involved with Live Here Love Here please visit the website www.liveherelovehere.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org