Change for the bet­ter

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Matt Zis

IT’S a sight to be­hold – an in­ter­na­tional melt­ing pot of money – and this year it will all go to help a char­ity that helps so many in WA.

The un­wanted for­eign coins and notes that trav­ellers drop in Perth Air­port’s do­na­tion boxes at the end of their hol­i­day adds up to a sub­stan­tial amount of money when it is sorted and counted.

Staff who empty the six giv­ing boxes at the air­port reg­u­larly are re­peat­edly blown away by the size of some of the anony­mous in­di­vid­ual do­na­tions, such as the time they found a wad of US$50 notes that tal­lied US$1000.

This fi­nan­cial year the money is go­ing to Life­line WA, the cri­sis sup­port ser­vice that is sadly needed most at this hol­i­day time. It is hoped the do­na­tions might add up to $100,000 for the char­ity by July.

Life­line chief ex­ec­u­tive Lorna Mac­Gre­gor and Perth Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Brown urged peo­ple both trav­el­ling, or see­ing off or wel­com­ing fam­ily and friends, to drop spare coins or notes into the boxes.

“A hand­ful of for­eign coins may mean noth­ing to a trav­eller but when you add them all up, we can make a big con­tri­bu­tion to sav­ing lives,” Mr Brown said.

“We take those for­eign notes and coins home, put them in a drawer and for­get about them, so why not drop them in here where they can make a real dif­fer­ence and maybe save some­one’s life?”

Sort­ing the funds from so many denom­i­na­tions is a fair task but has been made eas­ier through as­sis­tance from Trav­elex, which han­dles the notes, and Global Cur­rency Ex­change, which cov­ers the cost of ship­ping up to a tonne of for­eign coins to Queens­land and con­vert­ing it all to Aus­tralian ten­der.

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Life­line WA part­ner­ship and event co-or­di­na­tor Me­gan Reynolds and Perth Air­port’s Anna Dickie with some of the money left as a do­na­tion at Perth Air­port.

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