Prizes Presented In Cara Credit Union/Career Ahead Fashion Competition

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At the presentation of prizes for the Cara Credit Union/Career Ahead competition were Frank Cronin (aka Fashionable Frank) Judge , Siobhan Donnelly Cara Credit Union, Megan Doyle winner in the 3rd level competition, Treasure Vlogs winner in the post-primary competition, Chloe Koyce Judge and Mary Lucey Career Ahead.

PRIZES were presented on Saturday to the winners of a nationwide competition organised by Cara Credit Union and Career Ahead aimed at college and secondary school students.

The prizes were presented to the college student and secondary school student who submitted the best outfit from a style perspective and a cost perspective; while at the same time supporting charitable organisations.

Social Media Influencers Chloe Koyce and Fashionable Frank were in attendance to meet the winners and present the prizes.

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Megan Doyle, a MTU Kerry Campus Wildlife Biology student who originates from Dublin was the winner in the College Student category.

Megan’s outfit was a pink jumpsuit (€3.90) and a necklace (€1.80), total cost €5.70, both purchased from the Irish Cancer Society Shop.

Treasure Vlogs from Scoil Chriost Ri in Portlaoise was the winner of the Secondary School Category.

Treasure’s outfit was a dress, purchased from Oxfam at a cost of €4.50.  Treasure teamed this up with previously owned boots and bag.

“The concept for the competition arose from the fact that I deal with so many students who are surviving on very tight budgets, yet it is expected they dress appropriately for work placements, academic presentations, and college events,” said Mary Lucey, Career Ahead.

“The ability to present themselves well also contributes immensely to a student’s confidence and self-esteem, and all students love to shop and dress up for social occasions,” added Mary.

Commenting further, Siobhan Donnelly Marketing & Development Manager of Cara Credit Union said; “Cara Credit Union were delighted to support this unique and creative competition. We are constantly seeking out new ways to support college students and secondary school students.  The introduction of our free student current account and debit card is aimed specifically at this cohorts.  The competition demonstrated the initiative, creativity, and care for the environment that students possess. It is great that college and school life is come back to normal – and young people can start to get dressed up and socialise again.”

The organisers wish to thank the amazing panel of social media influencers and business representatives who judged the competition – all who are giving up their own time free of charge to support college and secondary school students. Sinead O Brien (SineadsCurvyStyle), Clodagh Moore, Frank Cronin (Fashionable Frank), Shauna Cashell (StyleSearch), Chloe Koyce and Aoife Sheehy (Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor at Primark) were the judges.

The prize giving lunch was held and sponsored by Ballyseedy Garden Centre.  The guests and winners were treated to a makeover before the lunch by Sean Taaffe and CH Chemists.

The guests got to savour what Tralee has to offer by staying the night and dining in Benner’s Hotel and at Molly J’s.  Career Ahead and Cara Credit Union wish to thank all the local businesses for their support with this project.

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