Change for charity coming to county
AN innovative scheme to get rid of small coins, which began in Wexford, is being used by charities to raise badly needed funds.
Change for charity was borne out of the rounding coin scheme in County Wexford whereby retailers stopped handing out one and two cent coins in change to customers from today. Instead prices at the tills will be rounded to the nearest five cent.
The charity is running a promotional day at Gorey Shopping Centre on Thursday, February 5.
Norma Smurfit developed the idea and the project was launched in October. To date there are 2,500 collection units across the country in schools, banks and retailers.
The charity is now taking its campaign on the road stopping in Gorey on February 5. The campaign will make good use of jars and boxes full of small copper coins in homes across the country. The initiative will be split six equal ways. The Irish Heart Foundation, St Vincent de Paul, St Francis and Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services, Gaisce and Irish Autism Action are all set to benefit from the initiative, while the remainder will be given to smaller charities and community projects. See www.changeforcharity.ie