Fundraising News: BMI to give foreign currency to charity

UK airline BMI is to start collecting leftover foreign currency from its passengers as part of its pledge to raise £100,000 for Save the Children over three years.

The airline has donated to Save the Children for 10 years, a BMI spokesman said, but formalised the arrangement last year.

One project to be funded by donations from BMI travellers is in Old Havana, Cuba, where Save the Children wants to provide mechanics and carpentry training, and provide a drop-in centre with music, theatre and dance workshops, and peer-led sex and drugs education.

BMI expects most of the donations to come from its North American routes, as travellers in Europe might be less prepared to part with their reusable euros.

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