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Thomond CC TY Enterprise class raised funds from innovative business designs for face masks to St Camillus Community Hospital with top of the range parasols and gazebos for residents. Thomond CC TY Enterprise class raised funds from innovative business designs for face masks to St Camillus Community Hospital with top of the range parasols and gazebos for residents.

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Thomond CC TY Enterprise help St Camillus Community Hospital

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Thomond CC TY Enterprise class raised funds from innovative business designs for face masks to St Camillus Community Hospital with top of the range parasols and gazebos for residents. Student Lucy O’Neill, Mairead Duggan, Deputy Director of Nursing St Camillus Community Hospital and student Orestis Smalis pictured above. 

Thomond CC TY Enterprise help St Camillus Community Hospital

While the Global Covid-19 pandemic has been detrimental to a lot of local businesses, not so to the mini-company set up by students at Thomond Community College.  Thomond CC TY Enterprise class students recognised the need for face coverings for all students and staff of Thomond Community College, and as a result, developed their own set of face masks for the school community. 

Transition years students proudly holding one of their own uniquely designed and Thomond CC themed face masks.

Transition years students Brandon Ryan and Alan Hastings proudly holding one of their own uniquely designed and Thomond CC themed face masks.

The Thomond CC TY Enterprise students designed, developed and produced reusable face masks with the help of a local sports company.  After extensive market research, the students decided on three different mask types, incorporating the school crest or colours, to bring to the market.  These masks were then sold throughout the year to the staff and students at the school.  For Christmas, the Enterprise group designed several Christmas themed masks which proved to be best sellers. 

At the end of the year, the Thomond CC TY Enterprise students made a healthy profit from their enterprise. They wanted to do something charitable for the local community with the proceeds. They came up with the idea of making a tangible donation to St. Camillus’ Community Hospital for the benefit of the residents. So, after discussions with St. Camillus’s the students purchased two gazebos and six parasols for the hospital residents.  Last Wednesday the students, along with their teacher Diarmuid Kelly, presented the gifts to Mairead Duggan, Deputy Director of Nursing, Staff Officer Fiona Rice and the Communications Officer Sinead Walsh. 

St Camillus Community Hospital thank Thomond Community College for their generosity and innovation.

St Camillus Community Hospital thank Thomond Community College for their generosity and innovation.

Mairead Duggan explained the impact the school’s generous donations would have on full-time residents and their families of the hospital. Outdoor visits from family members will be greatly enhanced and enjoyed by all now that there are additional coverings allowing social gatherings outdoors whatever the weather this summer. One elderly resident, Peter, came and met with the students and expressed his extreme gratitude that young people would think of the residents of the hospital at this challenging time. He was very moved by the gesture. The Thomond Community College community are extremely proud of the TY Enterprise class. 

 

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