To mark Emergency Services Day 2021, Thursday 9th September, the Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean and other Elected Members met with representatives from the NHS and emergency services to personally pay tribute to, and thank, them.
Representatives from the Police Service, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, and Lough Neagh Rescue, as well as an Emergency Nurse from the Northern Trust, a Ward Sister from the Southern Trust and a local GP, attended. In recognition of the NHS and emergency services the Chair also held a minute’s silence.
He said: “Today, Thursday 9th September, we recognise Emergency Services ‘999’ Day and all those who so selflessly continue to dedicate their time to the emergency services. This recognition has never been more poignant and appropriate than over the last 18 months where our emergency services have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Emergency Services 999 Day is your chance to support the heroic men and women of the NHS and emergency services. Not many people will be fortunate enough to never have to make that vital 999 call during their lifetime- whether it’s for themselves, their family, their friends or indeed for a complete stranger who requires immediate assistance. In many cases, the actions of these quick-thinking first responders can literally mean the difference between life and death.
“We celebrate and are grateful for our emergency services today, and every day.”
Council’s Bin smART Campaign Shortlisted for Prestigious Award
Mid Ulster District Council’s Bin smART recycling campaign has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Recycling Award in the Small Campaign of the Year category.
More than 500 children across the district entered the Bin smART competition, which ran from the end of January to 10 March 2021.
The aim of the competition, which was open to primary-school age children who live, or attend school, in Mid Ulster, was to make children more aware of the items that can be recycled through the blue bin and enhance their understanding of the importance of recycling and re-using our waste.
The competition also gave parents the opportunity to do something more creative with their children during the lockdown and school closures happening at the time.
To enter, children had to create a sculpture out of the everyday recyclable items found in their blue bin with 10 lucky entries winning a brand new tablet.
Entries received included robots, a NASA rocket, a Formula 1 car, replicas of local tourist attractions including Maghera Walled Garden and Beaghmore Stone Circles, animal sculptures, colourful dinosaurs, and many more.
Speaking on the Bin smART campaign being shortlisted for an award, Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Wesley Brown said,
“The phenomenal response to the Bin smART competition surpassed even our expectations so to see it recognised officially with this award nomination is truly amazing and wholly justified! Families in Mid Ulster really got behind the campaign and this showed in the quality and volume of entries received. Children of all ages took part and really got to grips with the recyclable waste in their blue bins to create unique masterpieces. Residents here have certainly shown they are indeed ‘bin smart’ and receiving this prestigious nomination has just validated that further.”
The National Recycling Awards will take place on Wednesday 8 December 2021 at the Hilton Park Lane, London.
Council Recognises Achievements of Local Athlete
The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean held a Civic Honours Reception this week to recognise the achievements of local track athlete Nick Griggs.
The reception was held in the Council offices in Dungannon on Monday, 13 September.
16-year old Nick Griggs from Newmills has experienced great success in track including:
- A gold medal win in the men’s three thousand metres at the European Athletics Under 20 Championships, this July past in Tallin, Estonia;
- A record-breaking performance in the Under 18 Irish Youth and Under 17 British records for the five thousand metres and three hundred metres respectively;
- A three-time record-breaking performance in the Irish Juvenile Championships, smashing both the three thousand metre and five hundred metre times.
To date, the young runner has won an impressive three Irish titles at under 18 and under 20 levels.
Chair of the Council, Councillor Paul McLean congratulated Nick saying, “All of this success would be exceptional at the best of times, but to do so at the age of just 16 in Estonia and all before the age of 20 illustrates the extent of your physical strength, talent and potential.
“I congratulate you on your achievements so far, knowing that there are more to come, and wish you well in your lifelong ambition to become an Olympic athlete.”