There has been great excitement in the East Cork village of Aghada since Brandy Ahern, MD of SavieCard, recently announced that SavieCard had been nominated for the regional final of the Social Entrepreneurship Award in the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards. SavieCard is a community card, which raises funds in local areas for sporting and community projects, supports and promotes local businesses while making significant savings on family expenditure.
The Munster finals took place this week at Thomond Park in Limerick. “We were absolutely delighted to be nominated for the regional finals,” said Brandy on returning from Limerick. “There are eight categories in the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards and the Social Entrepreneurship Award is for businesses addressing social based challenges. Not motivated by profit, the entrepreneurs involved in this category have a strong social conscience and are inspired by achieving wider community objectives.”
In today’s environment, the challenges facing fundraisers are significant and SavieCard has focused on addressing those needs. This community card gives back to its supporter’s by providing exclusive discounts and offers in all participating Irish businesses. It operates in a simple manner; SavieCard works with an organisation that wishes to raise money and helps them develop a strategic plan to help them reach their fundraising goals. The organisations then receive customized cards which they sell for €20 each. The fundraisers make €10 on every card sold, so if volunteers sell 1000 cards, the organization earns €10,000. SavieCard pays all costs including VAT and provides all promotional materials for the organisation. In addition, it guarantees that if the card is used properly, cardholders can save literally hundreds of euro in their favourite shops, restaurants and on products and services. The SavieCard means that the community is supporting local businesses, cardholders are saving money, and community organisations are receiving much-needed funding!