Originally published in Volume III, Issue 6 on 23rd January 1997 by Observer Reporters.
Before Christmas, student residents from Belgrove, Merville and Roebuck Hall, were treated to free Birds Eye ‘Hungry Joes’ as part of the 1996 UNICARE Awareness Days. This special UNICARE promotion aims to increase awareness of the UNICARE Emergency Number (7999) among UCD students residents and to encourage the active involvement of residents in safety and security on campus.
The Awareness Days got off to a very lively start thanks to Leon and Derek, from Dublin’s No.1 radio station FM104, who gave a local broadcast in the Belgrove Residence from the spectacular FM104 Heineken ‘Road Hog’.
Over the three UNICARE Awareness Days, members of the UNICARE team, with the help of Residents Assistants, called to the apartments providing residents with a UNICARE promotional pack. The packs contained Birds Eye ‘Hungry Joe’, Yoplait shakes, Nestle Silvermints, Duracell batteries, UNICARE keyrings and pens, and information about the UNICARE Emergency Number, 7999.
Resident Assistant, Denise McCarthy, said that the Awareness Days were a great success. She said that “thanks to the UNICARE programme over the past couple of years, student residences are now more aware of safety and security issues and are keeping an eye out for each other in the residences, reporting any suspicious activities to the UNICARE number.”
In a live interview by Leon from FM104, Brian Walsh from UNICARE thanked all the various groups who have supported UNICARE over the past three years, including the Resident Assistants, the Access Office, the Belfield Bike Shop, the Deans of Residence, the Gardai, the Students’ Union, the Faculty Day Committee, private sector organisations, and the students and office of UCD.
Brian said that “since its establishment in 1993, the UNICARE Programme has been a great success in promoting safety and security awareness on campus among students, staff and visitors to the College. This awareness and extra vigilance has helped reduce crime statistics on campus.” He went on to say that the UNICARE Programme also received a special award in May 1996 at the Chubb National Neighbourhood Watch Awards and was commended for its innovation in approach to safety and security in a campus environment.
The Campus Garda Officer, Niall Burke, was on hand to help Brian Walsh present the prizes to the lucky winners of this year’s UNICARE Awareness Day competition. Congratulations to all the winners of the competition and spot prizes, including: Robert Laumer, JP Roche, Eric Delaney, Sarah Quigley, Michaela Zerbato, Niamh Kissane, Niamh Collins, Helen Claffey, Brid Moran, Allen Duffy and Una McCarran.
The main competition prizes included £50 vouchers from USIT, A-Wear and Golden Discs, 3 £20 AIB Student Bank Accounts, 3 £20 Campus Bookshop vouchers, 3 sets of Duracell Bicycle lights, and 15 £2 CopiPrint Photocopy cards. There was also many spot prizes including Free CD’s provided by FM104, Student Membership of the UCD Sports Centre, AIB bank accounts, bicycle lights, photocopy cards, book vouchers, and UNICARE t-shirts, keyrings and pens. Watch out for some more great UNICARE promotions next year.