Abertay Students get AHEAD with National Express Dundee

National Express Dundee is supporting the efforts of local students at University of Abertay as they take on an Apprentice-style fundraising task. 

Students of the AHEAD programme, a 12 month access to higher education course, are asked to work in teams to grow just £2 into as much money as possible for the charity of their choice. Approached by Jodi Lee, a member of one of the groups taking part in the challenge, National Express Dundee has donated a Discovr card loaded with six weeks’ free student travel as a raffle prize. The team’s other fundraising activities include a bake sale and a sponsored ‘Onesie Walk’ across the Tay Road Bridge at midnight tonight.  

The Abertay AHEAD Charity Challenge team, including Jodi Lee, Thomas Gracie, Autumn Hall, Rachel Shearer, Colin Urquhart, Dorothy Whyte and Nicholas Kerry, is aiming to raise as much money as they can for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

It comes as National Express Dundee prepares to launch two new products for its Discovr Card - a smart card which can be pre-loaded with a variety of tickets, making it quicker and easier to travel around the city, with no need to carry change or paper tickets.  Products already available to purchase on the Discovr card are the Adult Weekly and Student Weekly and the bus operator is getting ready to make available two other products for Discovr: the adult 10-journey ticket and adult Daysavers, which can be bought in groups of five or ten. 

National Express Dundee Managing Director Phil Smith said: 

“This is a fantastic fundraising challenge which we are extremely pleased to support – I wish Jodi and her team all the best as they try to collect as much as they can for this very worthy cause, providing hospice care for children and young people in Scotland. 

“I also hope the winner of the Discovr card will enjoy taking advantage of their prize! Our smart card is growing consistently in popularity and I know there are many students of both local universities who are now using the card, as well as the general public. We’re getting ready to add these two new products to the smart card, which will give people even more incentive to ditch the paper tickets and swap to smart.”

Published 21st November 2014