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Kildonan UnitingCare is in the running to receive up to $2 million from corporate entity eftpos…and it needs your vote.

The Melbourne-based agency is one of 140 charities who have made a submission for the eftpos ‘Giveback 2013’ campaign, in which shoppers will be asked to support Australian charities by pressing CHQ or SAV at the checkout.

Kildonan hopes to provide solar power to up to 1000 of Australia’s most vulnerable households. If the agency receives enough votes, it would be resourced to coordinate the selection of families and solar installation roll-out through the national UnitingCare network.

Kildonan UnitingCare CEO, Stella Avramopoulos said families in lower socio-economic area were those who could most benefit from renewable energy, yet they could least afford to install it.

“The impact will be immediate and long-lasting, saving families almost $10 million in energy bills over the next 10 years,” Ms Avramopoulos said.

“Kildonan plans to deliver the project in conjunction with the federal government-funded Home Energy Saver Scheme, which has a target to reach 100,000 households nationally by June 2015.”

Last year, eftpos donated $1m to Vision Australia for its new Seeing Eye Dog Training Centre, while in 2011, it gave $1m to The Salvation Army for its various community programs.

As part of the judging process, eftpos asks the public to nominate causes. To vote, go to eftposgiveback.com.au, click on the ‘Disadvantaged Kids, Families and Communities’ category and nominate ‘Kildonan UnitingCare’ when prompted. Voting closes at 11.59pm on 12 October 2013.

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