Help UNICEF By Donating Unwanted Foreign Currency

If you needed a reason to clean all the corners of your office and home or under the seats of the car, then chalk it up to Spring. Australian banking major Commonwealth Bank is working with UNICEF Australia and asking world travellers to spring clean for foreign coins.

CBA and its subsidiary Bankwest are both asking customers to look for foreign coins that could be gathering dust under the sofa, in shoe boxes, cupboards or drawers as part of this year’s Spring cleaning.

You could help some of the most excluded and disadvantaged children by donating your foreign coins and notes at any branch of Commonwealth Bank or Bankwest.

“We believe millions of Australians have foreign coins and notes leftover after travelling. When you spot them spring cleaning this year, donate them to UNICEF and give these unwanted coins and notes a real value for children in need?” UNICEF Australia Chief Executive Officer Norman Gillespie said.

CBA has been working with UNICEF on Coins for Kids since 2009 and has raised a whopping $260,000. This year UNICEF welcomes the addition of Bankwest to the Coins for Kids program.

How can my unwanted foreign currency help?

  •  1UK penny is enough to give a child clean drinking water for a single day
  • 60 Euro cents is enough to buy a child a pencil and book for school
  • Two Canadian dollar coins is enough to provide one severely malnourished child enough super food for a single day
  • 220 Indian Rupees ($4) can provide a malaria net to a vulnerable family.
  • 180 Thai Baht ($6) will provide 20 doses of potentially life-saving measles vaccine.

How to donate my spare foreign coins?

All you need to do is visit a Bankwest or CBA branch to donate. It goes without saying any donations you make will go towards supporting the work of UNICEF in its efforts to help vulnerable children.

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