Community Technology Boost from Selective Travel

A donation of thirty-three pre-loved PCs by Selective Travel Management is helping schools and community groups in County Down to go further with technology

The latest phase of an ongoing series of donations sees sixteen PCs go to Newtownards Model Primary School; six to Holywood Family Trust; five to Grosvenor Grammar School in East Belfast; three to St Mark’s Church, Newtownards and two to Moneyreagh Community Church.

Keith Graham, Managing Director of Selective Travel Management, Northern Ireland’s leading independent travel management company, says “Here at Selective we manage complex global travel arrangements for major clients across Ireland and the UK so, for us, continuous investment in the very latest technology is a key business priority.  As we upgrade, we now make it our business to give our unwanted PCs a new lease of life within the community.

“It’s always a pleasure to lend a helping hand and we’re delighted to be able to provide local schools, churches and community groups with this complimentary technology boost.  In today’s tough economic climate, it can be a struggle to meet competing demands whilst balancing budgets and IT investment may well slip to the bottom of the Wish List.  Our donation of PCs will keep these great organisations up to speed in ICT and will allow them to free up budgets for other projects.”

Selective Travel Management’s Out of Hours Manager, Martin Donnelly, nominated Newtownards Model Primary School where his daughter, Emma, is a pupil, as a beneficiary.  He says, “We have always worked hard to be a socially responsible company and we embrace the ‘Reduce Re-use Recycle’ principles throughout the business, but this donation has really brought that ethos to life for me.  I was genuinely proud to see my daughter and her schoolmates benefit from an initiative from my company. I know they’ll put the PCs to good use and I have told her that I expect great results!”  

Graham Bennett, Newtownards Model Primary School Principal, said, “Our thanks to one of our P5 parents, Mr Donnelly, who kindly thought about us when his company, Selective Travel Management, were refreshing their computer equipment.  The donation of sixteen pre-loved Dell Optiplex PCs has helped us maintain a full quota of machines in our computer suite, meaning that every pupil has access to their own computer to practise ICT skills.”

Photo 1: Delivering a model example of community spirit, Martin Donnelly from Selective Travel Management helps daughter Emma get to grips with PCs donated to Newtownards Model Primary School by the company. Photo 2: Holywood Family Trust. Photo 3: St Mark's Church.