Small coins make a big difference
United Way Sue Dixon's CEO says the 5 cents for 5 senses campaign can turn spare silver into much needed funds for community groups across the State. Picture : Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

West Australians are being urged to scour their wallets, couches and change trays for the most irritating bit of loose change - the 5c piece.

While the day-to-day uses for Australia's smallest coin may be quickly disappearing, United Way WA's 5 cents for 5 senses campaign can turn spare silver into much needed funds for community groups across the State.

Chief executive Sue Dixon said the group had set the target of one million 5c pieces for this year's campaign, with all proceeds going to the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre, Senses Foundation, WA Deaf Society, Assistance Dogs Australia, and Friends of Autism.

"This is a great way to generate much-needed funding for the benefit of five senses-related charities," she said. "If through this campaign we're able to collect coins from just a fraction of the population, it will make a real difference in the lives of those less fortunate."

Four thousand coins were added to the tally at United Way yesterday.

Ms Dixon said 900 5c coins could help provide an hour's service from a deaf/blind consultant, while 40,000 could help send that consultant to regional WA.

Donations can be made at any participating Westpac or HBF branch or online at www.unitedwaywa.com.au

The West Australian

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