Two local schools take part in final of Build a Bank challenge
Two groups of students from Arklow were among those to attend the national final of the AIB 'Build a Bank' Challenge at the RDS last week.
AIB's Build A Bank Challenge encourages students to give back to their school and community, with participating teams engaging with their local communities and a variety of charities.
The team from St Mary's College that attended the final included Marguerite O'Donovan (bank manager), Aimee Bodell (chief operating officer), Lucy Mc Anaspie (financial controller), Leah Weldon (marketing manager), CJ O'Neill (customer service/marketing) and Leah Carty Walker (customer service/social media champion). They created 'Lifeboat Loans' and chose 'Backing the Community' as their specialism for the project with the aim of raising awareness and money for Arklow RNLI.
A team from Gaelcholaiste na Mara also decided to chose 'Backing the Community' as their specialism and decided to raise money for the Loaves and Fishes Café and Bipolar Bear Wear. The Build a Bank group included Hannah Lee Joung, Cait Laitheasa, Caoimhe Ni Chonchuir, Emili Nagys, Kate Connolly, Caitin Ni She and entrepreneur and mental health advocate Stephen Considine and they opted to called their venture 'The Bank of Mom and Dad: is closed'.
Mark Doyle, speaking on behalf of AIB, said: 'Every year we are blown away by the creativity and hard work demonstrated by all the students, and this year has been no exception.'
The AIB Build A Bank Challenge is one of the longest running schools programmes in Ireland for Transition and fifth year students and this year saw over 2,000 students from schools across Ireland lend their the support to over 100 school teams.