Pay your bills… donate to charity

What an amazing idea… My old employer, Suncorp is having a promotion where you can round up bill payments to the nearest dollar and donate the extra to charity Simply put, when you pay a bill via their internet banking app, you can donate to charity at the same time. The current charity is the Hear and Say Centre and I’m more than happy to support them.


This is an amazingly innovative idea; certainly I haven’t heard of any bank doing anything similar. Collection tins for charities are common enough in post offices, stores, and banks, but in many cases you’re either paying by cheque or card (EFTPOS or credit) – there’s no spare change to put in the tin. This, however, is simple and convenient – it’s one transaction (so no extra charge), you get a receipt, and you can donate more if you want to. Way to go, Suncorp!

(As a side note, the Hear and Say Centre does very valuable work with deaf and hearing impaired children; they deserve all the support you can give them. My own children have used their services for a hearing assessment, and I will be taking plenty of advantage of this donation feature in the future)

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Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 18 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 16 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

One thought on “Pay your bills… donate to charity”

  1. I am often looking for the coin tins in shops for loose change. They seem to be less common then they used to be. (My small daugher likes emptying the contents of my wallet into the “seeing eye dog” when I sit her on the counter while buying groceries).

    nice to see things like this happening in the e-world !

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