Tap more than your feet as charities and buskers go digital
The days of fumbling for change to give to a street charity may be coming to an end.
From this weekend, the Simon Community will now accept Apple Pay and Android Pay phone swipes around Dublin streets. The initiative is being helped by AIB, which has donated a number of contactless 'Clover' terminals to the Dublin Simon Community as part of its Christmas fundraising drive.
Punters can now tap their phones as they pass by or stop to listen to buskers supporting the charity.
The contactless devices will be used at the Dublin Simon Music Marathon in association with First Music Contact this weekend. Featuring bands such as Delorentos and The Strypes, the music event will take place on Dublin's South King Street from 10am to 7pm this Saturday.
Because the contactless units accept both contactless and chip-and-pin transactions, Dublin Simon can receive card donations over the €30 contactless limit.
The bank has said that it will cover all transaction and processing costs for the Christmas period.
"Bringing new ways for the public to donate to Simon in the run-up to Christmas will make a big difference to our fundraising volunteers over the next few weeks," said John Sansome from Dublin Simon.
"We are looking forward to bringing this new way to donate to all our supporters, giving them a simple, hassle-free way to donate at our series of on street events. This support is more important than ever, as the highest number of homeless children, families and adults will be without a home this Christmas."
AIB is one of a number of Irish banks to use either Apple Pay, Android Pay or both.
Bank of Ireland is the only major bank yet to use mobile contactless payments. A spokesman for Bank of Ireland said that it is not planning to incorporate the technology.