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Co-op Credit Union launches an initiative to raise funds for disaster charity


14 Dec 18

Co-op Credit Union has joinsed forces with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) to launch a digital Christmas card to raise funds for disaster charity.

The initiative is championed by Co-op Credit Union’s Operations Manager, Andy Davey to raise funds for the WOCCU ‘Disaster Relief Fund’. The funding will help support credit unions in countries affected by natural disasters. The campaign is asking customers to go digital when they send Christmas cards this year and make a donation in return for an electronic card.

The campaign was launched to support ‘Project Storm Break’, an initiative providing relief, volunteers and technical expertise to get credit unions and their members back on their feet after a natural disaster.

According to the Greeting Card Association, nearly 100 million single Christmas cards were sold in 2017. Charities estimate that £50m is raised for good causes through the sales of charity Christmas cards each year.

“Co-operation amongst co-operatives is a core belief of the co-operative moment” says Andy Davey and between the sector his target of raising $100,000 can be achieved. Andy added: "The costs of purchasing, writing and postage can easily be in excess of £50 per household. Instead, why not send a digital Christmas card? Quick and easy, no paper, no fuss, and from the money, you save you can help those less fortunate than yourselves by making a donation."

 “As a co-operator, I know that together we can achieve this US $100,000 goal to provide those funds”.

So far, the campaign has raised $4,120. Reaching the $100,000 target for the General Disaster Relief Fund would enable the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions to immediately respond to any disaster that strikes in the international credit union movement. The foundation is the international development and charitable arm of WOCCU whose members come from 89 different countries.

For those who wish to make a contribution online and want to learn more about Project Storm Break Fund, please click through to the Co-op Credit Union website here.


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