John Lahart TD, and Francis Duffy TD met with students at Tallaght Community National School to celebrate the completion of a school regeneration initiative spearheaded by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Highlighting its involvement in the communities it operates in, Enterprise embarked on a community relations project with Tallaght CNS, to re-paint the school interiors and build a covered outdoor teaching area.
Speaking of the project, Principal of Tallaght CNS, Conor McCarthy said, “This has been a brilliant initiative in improving the lives of our students and the quality of their learning. The outdoor teaching space will allow students to bring the classroom outside and enjoy the fresh air, no matter the weather. “Through this, Enterprise has demonstrated its commitment to our community, and the value they place on education, and supporting the young people of Ireland.”
Last year, Enterprise worked closely with Tallaght CNS through its ROAD Forward initiative in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland, where 1,900 copies of Why the Moon Travels by Oein DeBhairduin were given to children at 64 schools across Ireland. The book donations illustrate Enterprise’s support for childhood literacy and through the work of DeBhairduin, it brings an authentic voice of Ireland’s Traveller community to a broader audience.
Since the ROAD Forward initiative, Enterprise has remained involved in the schools and communities that received the books, and this summer they embarked on a mission to carry out improvements to Tallaght CNS. Enterprise fundraised the money for improvements with their local business partners and vendors and got volunteers from their local branches to help create an outdoor classroom.
Enterprise Group Vice President General Manager Brendan Grieve, said, “Enterprise employees were encouraged to utilise our ‘my purpose, my time’ initiative whereby they take a paid day out of the business to volunteer in the local community. “Our teams raised the €5,000 required to paint and create a covered, outdoor teaching space, with the work taking place during a scorching hot week in early August, with 12 Enterprise volunteers.”
Enterprise currently has 30 branches across Ireland and is fully committed to the communities it operates within through its emphasis on sustainable forms of transport. Enterprise has a growing fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles across the business and is a signatory of the Business in the Community Low Carbon Pledge. Enterprise is also a founding member of Mobility Partnership Ireland which helps drive sustainability mobility solutions across the wider industry.