Carol singers collect via contactless card

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Tagged with: corporate Individual giving mobile Technology About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The London Community Gospel Choir serenaded shoppers in London’s Covent Garden on Wednesday and collected for charity using cashless cards only. While the choir performed, people were able simply to hold their contactless cards over the charity collection bucket that had been equipped with contactless technology in order to make their donation.The donations were made using pre-paid cards provided for the purpose by Barclays and Barclaycard, so in practice the donations came from the Barclaycard. Each donation of £5 made from the cards through the payment system on the contactless collection bucket was donated to Help a Capital Child, and £2,500 was raised.Contactless cards enable people to make purchases of £15 or less, without the need to enter a PIN or their card into a payment terminal. Once the card has been held over the contactless terminal, the transaction uses a secure network to add automatically the purchase to the customer’s credit card bill or debit it from their current account.Richard Armstrong, Head of UK Payment Acceptance at Barclaycard, said: “At this time of the year, shoppers are often caught short of change when they hear Christmas carollers singing on the high street for charity. We introduced the UK’s first contactless carol singers at London’s Covent Garden to make it easier and quicker for people to make donations on the go.”Barclays says that there are over 15.3 million contactless Barclays debit and Barclaycard credit cards in circulation in the UK.Although the donation was made digitally the charity does not receive contact details of the donor.www.Barclays.co.uk/contactless Howard Lake | 9 December 2011 | News  95 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Carol singers collect via contactless cardlast_img read more

Agricultural college sees surge in demand

first_img#SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Email Advertisement Twitter Previous articleLimerick students won’t take cuts lying downNext articleCouncillors row over Joint Policing Committee John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie THE number of applicants to courses at the Salesian Agricultural College in Pallaskenry has tripled in the last five years.In 2009 the college was threatened with closure as the demand for agricultural courses was so low, but now the college is forced to turn away students due to the high number of applications.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Principal John McCarthy told Limerick Post: “Since 2008 there has been a two to three-fold increase in our numbers and that has been across the board in all courses. Depending on the courses, we can’t accommodate all the applicants at this stage.“This year we have nearly 400 students; about four or five years ago we would have had between 100 to 120 and that was about it. Just a few short years ago I was campaigning with politicians to try to keep the college open and now we’ve gone to the other extreme.”Points for the college’s Higher Certificate in Agricultural Mechanisation, run in conjunction with LIT, have also risen, reflecting the increase in demand.Salesian Agricultural College is also privately paying two extra teaching staff to cope with the surge in student numbers.Mr McCarthy continued: “We also have a direct entry Certificate in Agriculture where we take 100 students and we have a long waiting list for that at the moment. Our Advanced Certificate in Mechanisation takes 26 students and we had about 60 applicants this year.”Regarding possible factors that may have led to the rise in popularity for agricultural courses, Mr McCarthy explained:  “First of all there are now a huge amount of young people looking at the area of agriculture. Secondly the jobs just are not there elsewhere, so people see the positives in having a business at home and getting work and an income from that. During the Celtic Tiger years the income from farming wouldn’t have been able to compete with a lot of other areas.” WhatsApp Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsAgricultural college sees surge in demandBy John Keogh – September 2, 2013 720 center_img TAGSagricultureeducationMusic LimerickSalesian Agricultural College Facebook Linkedin Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Print Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launchlast_img read more