It has been recently calculated that within the UK alone, at any given time there is 1.3 billion pounds of foreign money left in a drawer after holidays, trips abroad, etc. On the 1st of January next year, 12 of these currencies will no longer exist as the EURO is introduced. So, next year, if these are not used up, they may as well be thrown in the dustbin; what a waste! Already the social and cultural club “CIRCULO EUROPA” in Palma have organised with the local bank “CAIXA RURAL BALEARS” collection boxes at each of their 21 branches, 20 at the airport, the British consulate, Town Hall Calvia, and other locations. The proceeds are being donated to some four children's charities locally, and including UNICEF. A recent collection at the airport resulted in over 40 kilos of various coins, and even notes, some sorting and counting followed. So those tourists leaving the island are making a huge contribution to a most worthy cause, and no doubt amongst the thousands of residents on the island, there will be coins from countries which will enter the EURO, that could be given as well. So why not look in that drawer or box where these coins/notes casually lay awaiting extinction, and drop them off at one of the Caixa Rural branches? They can be found at: various locations in Palma, in Campos, Sa Pobla, Porreres, Manacor, S'Illot, Paguera, Felanitx, Muro, Son Macia, Son Carrio, Llucmajor, Son Ferriol, Inca, Santanyi, Ibiza, Ciudadela and Mahon (Menorca). Alternatively, it would be so easy to pop them into a jiffy bag and post to: Mike Lillico. c/Parcelas 37. 07610 Ca'n Pastilla.Palma de Mallorca. Rarely comes an opportunity to give so easily to charity, and it is hoped all who read this article will tell their friends.

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