'Tap to Give': Charity donations go cashless this Christmas

AIB and Visa are partnering up with the Simon Communities

'Tap to Give': Charity donations go cashless this Christmas

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One charity is introducing cashless on-street donations this Christmas.

AIB is partnering with Visa to support new ways to donate to the Simon Communities.

The homeless charity will kick off its fundraising drive on Saturday at the Simon Music Marathon on South King Street in Dublin.

The AIB Clover contactless donation devices will give consumers the option to choose how much they would like to donate and use 'Tap to Give' to complete the donation through contactless enabled cards, Android and Apple Pay.

Speaking on the launch of the partnership, John Sansome from Dublin Simon said: "Bringing new ways for the public to donate to Simon in the run up to Christmas will make a big difference to our fundraising volunteers over the next few weeks.

"We are looking forward to bringing this new way to donate to all our supporters, giving them a simple, hassle free way to donate at our series of on street events.

At the launch of the Simon Community initiative were musician Ivan Nicolas, John Sansome of Dublin Simon Community, Carol Meehan, head of proposition design, AIB Group Marketing, and Philip Konopik, country manager Ireland of Visa Europe | Image: Supplied

"This support is more important than ever, as the highest number of homeless children, families and adults will be without a home this Christmas."
Brian Keating, AIB Group propositions and brands director, added: "Our customers are carrying less cash and increasing their use of contactless technology in everyday transactions.

"With on-street donations to charity being largely cash based, we recognised that the introduction of contactless technology to the situation could only open up the ways in which people could support charities like Dublin Simon at such a crucial fundraising time."

AIB and Visa have supplied seven contactless terminals to Simon that will be used across the Christmas period.

Between November 25th and December 31st 2017, all transaction costs for all donations through the AIB Clover contactless donation devices will be covered by AIB and Visa - with 100% of the donation going directly to Simon.

Because the units accept both contactless and Chip and PIN transactions, Dublin Simon can receive card donations over the €30 contactless limit.