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Octopus card company shares revenue with charity

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Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation collaborates with Octopus Cards Limited yesterday where people will carry a portable machine for Octopus payment on flag day

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Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation collaborates with OCL once again and on yesterday, the companies will use GPRS portable machine to acquire Octopus payment from flag donations in Central, Wan Chai and the Pacific, such Hong Kong Island. The public generally welcomes this new way to donations, but many people find it hard to accept when they realize OCL would charge partial donations for administrative fees, and they believe the minimal OCL should do is to disclose the fees amount. Society for Rehabilitation also says that yesterday's donation through Octopus Card in general is average.

 

In the past when buying a flat, Hong Kong people have to look everywhere in pockets for coins. It's a pressing life in Hong Kong, and every second counts. Often as a result of a hurry, people do not have coins and cannot buy a flag to do charity, but now there is Octopus card, buying flag is convenient, especially for people with disabilities to buy flag. Therefore, following 2005 and 2006 collaboration with OCL, the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation collaborates with OCL again with a new way to donate through Octopus card. Yesterday in nearby Hong Kong Island MTR Stations, Central, Wan Chai and Tai koo, 20 GPRS portable Octopus payment machines are carried by 20 volunteers in wheelchairs to participate in flag service. The public only have to place their octopus cards above the machine and they can donate. Donors can not select donation amount, but each donation is ten-dollars contribution, and some donation will be be detained for administrative costs.

 

Many citizens have said that donating by Octopus card is very convenient and saves time because they don't have to spend time looking for change, especially when they have to be in a hurry to go to work; but some people opt not to buy flags with Octopus card because they find the contribution amount being set too high. And when they know find out that part of the funds will be used as administrative fees by Octopus, they cannot accept it. Mr. Cheung spends 10 to 20 dollars buying flags every week says it is convenient to use Octopus card to buy the flag, and believes this method should be made universal. But when he finds out part of his contribution will be held as part of administrative costs, he immediate becomes discontent saying, "Are you kidding me, that's unfair. I would prefer to donate directly to the charitable institution."

 

Ms. Hsu, a first time Octopus card donor also says she cannot accept the administrative fees from charity contribution, "It's unfair. We want to do some charity, don't want to give money to commercial institution...if business establishment wants to collect administrative fees, it should at least tell us how much it will collect, and so I will know exactly how much really falls into the hands of the beneficiaries." Ms. Hsu believes collecting the administrative fee is not a big issue, but the fee cannot be more than 10 percent. Also, Octopus should publicize charge ratio. If the fee is too high, she will choose to donate in the traditional way. OCL spokesman stresses that the Octopus company donates money to the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation every year, and the donation exceeds a the administrative fee collected from flag donation.

 

Society for Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Director Poon King-Kwong says donation reduces relative to 2006 result, thus this year result is only average and lesser donation may be due to having less people on the weekend. He also points out that he will improve technical aspect of contribution, making contribution amount more flexible. Society for Rehabilitation Rehabilitation reiterates using Octopus card to collect flag funds is mainly in the hope of allowing chronically ill disabled persons to participate in charitable activity, and also to help them to reconnect to the society. However, some disabled volunteers express that they hope the institutions can give flexibility in donations or reduce minimum contribution so that it would not affect people's desire to donate.

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Good on you Octopus. Many can benefit from you. I like using Octupus as it is too convenient and handy. It can be used in many areas including on public transport , shopping or on payment.

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That is very good news, sharing profits with charity. Having an Octopus card is so convenience, even with shopping!

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