eftpos is calling on Northern Illawarra residents to help choose which worthy causes should receive a share of up to $2 million that will be donated to charity in the eftpos Giveback program this Christmas.
eftpos Managing Director, Mr Bruce Mansfield, said with so many worthy causes and a record number of charity submissions for the 2013 eftpos Giveback program, the organisation is seeking input from the Northern Illawarra community about where the money could be put to best use this year.
“The eftpos Giveback tradition is in its third year and we are looking to double the donation value up to $2 million,” Mr Mansfield said. “It is important that the community has a say about which causes they support.”
Northern Illawarra residents can vote for their favourite cause in an online poll that will close at 11.59pm on Saturday 12 October.
Northern Illawarra residents can choose to support the eftpos Giveback donation being directed to any of the following causes:
- Sick kids and their families
- Disease prevention, management and medical research
- Mental health, depression and suicide
- People with disabilities
- Disadvantaged kids, families and communities
- Homeless people and poverty
- Environment, flora and fauna
- Animal and pet welfare
“Based on our research and the submissions we have received from about 140 Australian charities, these are some of the major issues in our society that would benefit from a significant donation,” Mr Mansfield said. “We have already spoken to a number of these Australian charities but the community’s opinion will also be one of the key considerations in making our decision.”
Last year’s online poll showed overwhelming support for eftpos to direct the 2012 Giveback donation towards a charity that assisted people with disabilities. Of the more than 40,000 Australians who voted in the poll, 30% indicated their support for a charity that assisted people with disabilities.
In 2012, eftpos donated $1 million to Vision Australia to help fulfil the organisation’s long time ambition to build a new Seeing Eye Dog breeding and training centre in Melbourne. In 2011, $1 million was donated to The Salvos for a number of community programs.
This year, eftpos Giveback will run in the lead up to Christmas, during which time Australians will be asked to support Australian charities by pressing CHQ or SAV at the checkout.