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MoneyGram extends Haiti wire-transfer discount
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (1/27/10)--CUNA Strategic Services provider MoneyGram International announced Tuesday it is extending its special pricing for money transfers to Haiti through Sunday. MoneyGram had announced early last week it would offer special pricing of US$1 and similar pricing in foreign currencies, for money transfers to Haiti from any of its 186,000 locations throughout the world. Forty of its money-transfer agent locations in earthquake-stricken Haiti are operational and able to receive transfers, including three in Port au Prince, Haiti's devastated capital city, and five locations in surrounding cities. Use the link to find specific information about the agent locations. Overall MoneyGram service in Haiti consists of about 130 agent locations operated by Unibank, Rapid Transfe, FONKOZE and Grace Trading. More than half the locations are within the disaster areas. "We are working as hard as we can, in concert with our core relationship banks, authorities conducting relief efforts and our functioning local agents in Haiti, to help restore the flow of funds to the Haitian people. Through our worldwide agent network, we are also providing updated information to senders on agent locations in Haiti where their loved ones can receive transactions," said Dan O'Malley, executive vice president of the Americas at MoneyGram. "As the recovery progresses and cash becomes more available for payout, more agent locations will come online again. We will provide periodic updates on agent availability as the situation develops," he said. Also, through Feb. 13, customers can visit any MoneyGram ExpressPayment U.S. agent location and use the Red Cross code 3886 to send a donation to the American Red Cross. In the credit union movement, credit unions are continuing to collect funds for disaster relief efforts for credit unions, their employees and volunteers, and members. Haiti has 175 credit unions with 404,090 members. The World Council of Credit Unions has staff in Haiti to assist credit unions and their members. Credit unions can give to the Credit Union Disaster Relief Fund by contributing to the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, and, for U.S. credit unions, through the National Credit Union Foundation's CUAid disaster effort system at www.CUAid.coop. To support Haiti's credit unions and members through the international credit union disaster fund, make payments, via check, credit card or wire to: Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions Inc., 5710 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705, USA. Donations also can be made online with a credit card at www.woccu.org/give. For wire transfer information, contact Valerie Breunig, Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions at 608-395-2055 or via e-mail vbreunig@woccu.org. Please indicate the donation is designated for the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund.
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