Commonwealth Bank to collect foreign coins in support of UNICEF

Sydney, 6 July 2009: The Commonwealth Bank today announced it would use its 1,009 strong branch network to accept foreign coins from the public throughout July in support of UNICEF – the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Mr Ross McEwan, Group Executive of the Commonwealth Bank’s Retail Bank, said he was pleased the Group could help UNICEF make a difference for children around the world.

“We applaud all the good work UNICEF is doing and we are committed to helping vulnerable communities where we can,” he said.

“Throughout July we are pleased to open up our branch network, the largest financial services network in Australia, to offer the opportunity to those people in the community who may have leftover foreign coins and wish to make an important contribution to help children in developing countries.”

Mr McEwan said all foreign coins collected would go directly to UNICEF, one of the largest development agencies dedicated to working exclusively with the world’s most vulnerable children.

UNICEF Australia Chief Executive, Carolyn Hardy, said that now, more than ever, loose change, no matter how small, could make a big difference.

“The timing and impact of the catastrophe caused by the global financial crisis is proving extraordinarily cruel for some of the poorest people on the planet. We’re very grateful for the Commonwealth Bank’s support for children through UNICEF,” she said.

About UNICEF: UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS. UNICEF is funded by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For further information, go to


For more information contact:

Holly Williams

Commonwealth Bank

Ph: (02) 9378 7130