Enterprising pupils back under way

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Entrepreneurs starting early . . . Destination (from left) Toby Scannell, Dharma Van Diepen, Ainemaria Burrell and Zack Robb participate in the Young Enterprise Scheme. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by George Clark

A Young Enterprise group from Roncalli College has not let Covid-19 disruptions put a halt to their business ambitions.

“Destination” is made up of four year 12 pupils, Toby Scannell as chief executive officer and communications manager, Dharma Van Diepen as chief financial officer, Zack Robb as production manager and Ainemaria Burrell as marketing and sales director.

The group has created a multipurpose travel bag which offers many features that can assist Kiwi explorers.

The group is participating in the Young Enterprise scheme in which high school pupils from around the country learn what it takes to run a small business and compete for regional and national titles.

The “Journey Bag” is a portable, multipurpose, energy-conserving travel wash bag that can be compacted down for light travel.

“While the main purpose is for it to act as a portable washing machine, it is a multiple-use piece of equipment which can act as a dry bag and a travel bag,” Ainemaria said.

Product production back underway . . . The Journey Bag comes with a drawstring bag strap which can be turned into a washing line and a sachet of natural laundry powder provided by their partners ‘Green Goddess’. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The team is now running pre sales with the first batch of products being dispatched mid-July.

The Journey Bag comes with a drawstring bag strap which can be turned into a washing line and a sachet of natural laundry powder kindly provided by their partner Green Goddess.

Covid-19 delayed production progression of the Journey Bag as the target market was one of many groups that were affected by the pandemic.

Despite these setbacks, Destination is coming closer to producing products for purchase.

Toby said the group members were able to stay in contact through social media and having regular Zoom conferences with their teacher, mentor and producers.

“We were also able to make progress through the lockdown period and adapt to new situations as a team. It was hard as we were not able to get into the community and make ourselves known to businesses and consumers, but we came together as a team and found ways to produce a product fit for use.”

Destination has been supported by local businesses, gathering over $1000 worth of vouchers for a raffle to help towards the production cost of the first 50 units.

“The team were able to put together an amazing raffle with five spectacular prizes, giving the opportunity to support local. We were able to sell over 400 raffle tickets within the first three days of launch and raffle tickets are still available for purchase until June 29 for $2 each.”

You can find these at the Roncalli College office, Simpsons Flooring Xtra, Bennys Again and Queens Hotel.

The team also has a crowdfunding page.