There was great anticipation last Friday in MICC Secondary School at the official launch of the USIT discount student card scheme in Dunmanway. The students register for their card in the school at a cost of €13.00 and this qualifies them to avail of a number of discounts nationwide.
"The biggest driving factor for the 5th year students on the Student Executive Council was that they were hoping local businesses would participate in the scheme which would encourage students to purchase more goods and services locally, which would in turn provide opportunities for extra employment in the town" said Mr Kenneth Hickey of MICC.
Andrew Healy, the Chairman of the Dunmanway Enterprise Network was there along with Peter Walsh, the DEN Treasurer and PRO.
Andrew said "We were delighted to be approached by the Student Council regarding their discount student card. Trading remains challenging to say the least for local businesses, and any incentive that encourages people to support their local businesses is hugely welcomed. We launched this initiative at a breakfast meeting of the DEN a couple of weeks ago and we are really encouraging our members to get behind it."
Peter Walsh said "The success of this scheme locally is dependant on the reaction of local busineeses. We all know the loss to the local economy of Dunmanway when people purchase goods outside of town, so this is really an opportunity for the business people of Dunmanway to encourage the students to shop at home".
Pictured at the launch of the USIT discount student card scheme are from left to right, Fiona Nic Charthaigh Principal MICC, Andrew Healy Chairman of DEN, Student Executive Council Members Adrian Grace, Roisín Herlihy, Aileen Murphy and Sarah Fitzgerald, Peter Walsh Treasurer & PRO of DEN, and Kenneth Hickey Teacher in MICC.