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Monday, October 24, 2016
First Christian credit card launched
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¬†From today, Christian Aid supporters will be able to help raise much-needed funds for the fight against poverty without spending a penny extra - by signing up for the new credit card launched together with the Co-operative Bank. The new Christian Aid Visa Card - - gives cardholders a real chance to put ethics into practice. The Co-operative Bank is the only UK clearing bank with an ethical policy that tackles issues such as human rights, corporate responsibility and global trade in line with Christian Aid's core values in the struggle to eradicate global poverty. The bank also actively promotes fair trade and initiatives such as the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt Coalition in conjunction with CAFOD, Christian Aid, and others. With every Christian Aid Visa Card account opened, the charity will receive £15 as well as a further £2.50 if the credit card is used within six months. On top of that, Christian Aid receives 25p for every £100 spent on the card - finally everyone can shop with a clear conscience! This contribution will help make a huge difference to some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet. In Bangladesh, £15 could pay to train a traditional birth attendant who can help to dramatically reduce maternal and infant mortality in her village. And it takes only £15 to vaccinate 90 children in India and protect them from the threat of childhood diseases. And that's not all - the Christian Aid Visa Card is also environmentally friendly, as it contains virtually none of the highly toxic chemicals used in standard PVC credit cards. Christian Aid's Director Daleep Mukarji said: 'This is an exciting initiative and offers Christian Aid supporters a great opportunity to make an ethical financial choice while making a valuable contribution to the charity without having to pay any extra. The money raised through the affinity card will help Christian Aid make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people around the world.' Sheila Macdonald, chief operating officer at The Co-operative Bank, said: 'We are delighted to provide this new credit card on behalf of Christian Aid. With affinity cards like this everyone's a winner. The charity earns much-needed funds, the Bank gains new customers and the cardholder has the satisfaction of supporting Christian Aid at no cost to themselves.'
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