It’s hot and it’s selling fast . . . the Earle Page College discount card, that is. The card entitles card holders to generous savings while at the same time raising money for children’s medical research.
Funds are being raised for the annual Earle Page College Coast Run fund-raising campaign and special offers are in abundance – including free safety and tyre inspections, discounts off textbooks, liquor and clothing, and savings at local restaurants.
Last year the fundraiser generated more than $30,000 for the Children’s Medical Research Institute.
Culminating each September in the Coast Run itself (from the University of New England to Coffs Harbour), the campaign has a variety of fund-raising components. One of those is the Coast Run discount card.
At a cost of just $20, the card entitles its holder to discounts at about 50 businesses around Armidale.
“The card is a fantastic way for students to save money and, at the same time, to help support medical research,” said this year’s Discount Card Coordinator, Michael Fraser.
“It’s an investment. One student last week saved $148 on her textbooks. As well as the 15 per cent discount at the United Campus Bookshop, the card can be used multiple times at the participating businesses until the end of November.”
The Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Jim Barber, is the Coast Run’s Patron. Professor Barber bought one of the discount cards last week when he officially launched this year’s campaign. “We hope to raise a record amount of money this year for the Children’s Medical Research Institute,” he said.
The card is available from the Earle Page College office (phone 6773 5300), and will be on sale in the first few months of this year at Armidale’s Markets in the Mall and Autumn Festival.
THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here, showing Professor Jim Barber purchasing his Coast Run discount card from the Earle Page College Coast Run convener, Lauren Nay, expands to include the Coast Run discount card coordinator, Michael Fraser.