THE FOREIGN COIN REPATRIATION PROJECT
OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HORNSBY DISTRICT
One project to raise money for our anti-malaria campaign involves the collection and repatriation of unwanted foreign coins and notes. Travellers returning to Australia from overseas countries bring with them leftover coins and notes of small denominations from the countries they have visited. This money is usually too low in value to be changed back into Australian Currency so the travellers donate it to the Rotary charity collection. It has no value in Australia. Foreign coins cannot be converted within Australia.
The Rotary Club of Hornsby in New South Wales, assisted by Rotary Clubs in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Northern Territory, Queensland and the ACT, collects the unwanted coins and notes from American Express and Bendigo Bank branches and other sources in cities throughout Australia. The coins and notes are then sorted and returned (by Rotarians, families and friends who happen to be travelling overseas) to their country of origin where they are converted into Australian dollars or larger denomination local currency notes. Coins and notes for more remote or less visited countries are sent through a Rotary agent.