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Local charities set to benefit from LIT Tipperary fundraisers

The festive season will take full flight at the Limerick Institute of Technology Tipperary on Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 1st December as the Marketlink Entrepreneur Program hits the Clonmel and Thurles campuses respectively.

First and third year Bachelor of Business students along with first year Bachelor of Science in Creative Multimedia students and first year Applied Social Studies in Social Care students will host the fun filled days to raise vital funds for a whole host of charities such as Saint Vincent de Paul, The Deise Animal Sanctuary, Cuan Saor, Novas and Pieta House. The Christmas themed markets will be open to the public with plenty on offer from the 10 different stalls present on each day.

Marketing and Entrepreneurship lecturer Fiona Browne says “the MarketLink Entrepreneur programme facilitates the application to theory learned in the classroom setting. As part of continuous assessment, students research and plan a market stall business which they will then manage on a group basis for a day. The exercise sharpens business acumen as students are exposed to issues faced by start-up and small businesses. The assignment instils confidence and professionalism in students, while enhancing both hard and soft skills”.

The event which has now been running at the LIT campus in Moylish, Limerick for nine years has been extremely successful with sums of up to €8,000 raised on the day for chosen charities. Not only is the event significant for the charities involved but it is also hugely beneficial for the students as Head of the Department of Business Eoghan Sadlier states. “There is no substitute for a good business idea. The MarketLink Entrepreneur programme is a good example of getting students to walk the walk instead of talking the talk. Putting theory and business ideas into practice will prove to be invaluable for these students as they look to progress their careers beyond third level education”.

The markets are open to the public from 10am–2pm on each day with all proceeds going to worthy charities.



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