Company looks at how to let people give what they want with a swipe

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 April, 2009, 12:00am

Octopus Holdings is studying ways to make charity donations via a swipe of the smart card more flexible, following complaints that the preset amount of HK$10 offered at a fund-raising exercise in January was limiting.

The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation was the first group to use portable Octopus card readers to collect donations in January. A fixed amount of HK$10 was deducted with each swipe of the card then.

Prudence Chan Bik-wah, the company's chief executive, said a number of other charity organisations had applied to use the smart card system to raise funds.

While offering a choice of donation amounts was technically feasible, Ms Chan said, it could involve operational difficulties for the charity volunteers involved, many of whom were students and disabled people.

Octopus charged an administrative fee for the use of the machines in January, which amounted to 1 per cent of the money that was collected via the smart card.