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Blue Cross’ Tap Dogs to offer contactless giving across the UK

first_imgBlue Cross’ Tap Dogs to offer contactless giving across the UK Howard Lake | 10 March 2017 | News Tagged with: animals contactless PayPal  436 total views,  1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”7″ sortorder=”26,27,28,29,25″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”1″ thumbnail_width=”200″ thumbnail_height=”150″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”20″ number_of_columns=”0″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”0″ slideshow_link_text=”[Show as slideshow]” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  Advertisementcenter_img  437 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis59 Animal charity Blue Cross will be extending its team of ‘Tap Dogs’ to fundraise across the UK, thanks to support from PayPal.The charity first used dogs wearing dog coats with contactless payment devices fitted in a pocket in May 2016. Anyone wishing to donate can simply ‘pat and tap’ the dog to make a £2 donation using their contactless payment card or smart device (smartphone or watch) – or speak to its Blue Cross volunteer if they’d like to give a different amount.This year the new team of Tap Dogs will start appearing at events from 10 March, when Gracie the Italian spinone will reveal the new dog coats at Crufts 2017.Contactless givingThe charity became one of the first to combine beneficiaries with contactless giving. Other charities using contactless giving have used it in shop windows (Cancer Research UK), on cardboard cut-outs of comedians (Comic Relief), on public benches (Cancer Research UK), and on collecting tins (Royal British Legion).Support from PayPalPayPal offered its support for the scheme and funded a range of new contactless dog coats and donated PayPal Here card readers for each of the coats.Julia McKechnie-Burke, Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at Blue Cross said: “Tap Dogs were created to raise awareness of our work helping thousands of pets every year. We were limited in the capacity of Tap Dogs as a fundraising tool with our prototype coats but now, thanks to PayPal, we are able to expand the scheme and have Tap Dogs at even more events.“We are in an increasingly cashless society and need to be versatile in the ways people can donate to us. We love that dogs are able to directly help us raise funds as pets are at the heart of everything we do. We are grateful for PayPal’s support and look forward to exploring further expansion of this scheme and other initiatives.”Blue Cross has presented dogs at events before, to raise awareness of different aspects of pet welfare. All dogs involved in such activities are assessed for behaviour, and are usually owned by dedicated volunteers.Bas Gevaert, Director of PayPal Here in the UK said: “PayPal is proud to support this new initiative which allows people to easily donate to Blue Cross using contactless cards. It goes without saying that fewer people carry cash on them now, so this new way to make donations with a card or smart phone really highlights how forward thinking Blue Cross are as a charity.“It’s such a fun and innovative way, not only for people to donate to a charity but actually get to engage with what the charity does as well. It’s nice to think that rescue dogs are helping to raise money for other rescue animals.” Here comes the Tap Dog science bitThe Tap Dog technology consists of PayPal’s contactless card reader sitting in a pocket of the Tap Dog’s coat linked to the PayPal Here smartphone app via Bluetooth. The card reader accepts contactless payments by card or smart device phone or watch.The app is operated by a Blue Cross volunteer via a smartphone. It is set up to take a £2 donation. Donations for other amounts can be adjusted by the volunteer using the app and receipts can be issued by email or a text message if required.You can follow Tap Dogs on social media via the hashtag #patntap. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis59last_img read more

Graham secures £15m orders for three oil refining projects

first_img Image: Graham has been awarded three oil refining projects in Asia and Latin America. Photo courtesy of Markus Naujoks from Pixabay. Graham has been awarded orders valued at $19m (£15.37m) for three international projects in its crude oil refining market.The orders have been secured for two projects in Asia and one in Latin America.One of the orders is for modernisation of a Southeast Asia refineryThe first order is for a Southeast Asia refinery and involves expansion and modernisation project at the refinery for the production of cleaner transportation fuels.The second project in Asia is for new capacity in the China crude oil refining market.The third order is based in Latin America and involves replacing equipment that Graham originally supplied in the mid-1970s.Graham said that the revenue associated with each of the projects will be recognised by the financial year of 2021, with minimal impact in fiscal 2020.Graham’s president and CEO James Lines said: “These orders contribute to backlog for fiscal 2021 shipments.  At this point in time, we are fortunate to have insight into our next fiscal year’s revenue and profitability potential.  We continue to believe that fiscal 2021 will represent a third consecutive year of revenue and profit expansion for Graham.“We believe that our ability to garner demand originating from our installed base as well as from new global capacity investment is a distinct advantage for Graham.  Each year, we derive approximately 30% to 40% of our revenue from our large installed base.  We continue to have strong participation in global crude oil refining markets with a high success rate for securing new orders.”In September 2018, the US-based construction company, Graham was awarded three orders totaling $17.5m (£14.16m).The first project was to provide vacuum condensers and ejector systems for a new petrochemical facility to be built in the U.S. Gulf Coast.The second order involved providing ejector systems for capacity expansion at a Mideast crude oil refinery.The third order was for replacing a Graham surface condenser that was installed in a US crude oil refinery over 40 years ago. New York-based Graham has been awarded orders for two projects in Asia and one in Latin Americalast_img read more