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Bank Austria’s new bank card with motifs typical for the country supports Caritas youth projects

Together with Caritas, Bank Austria will present an absolutely new product in several provinces this week: the bank card with individual design typical for the respective province. Bank Austria customers can order their new bank card with various motifs in all branches as of now or replace their old bank card with a “motif card”. In total, 15 different motifs in addition to the currently common standard design are available. From Lake Constance to the Gross Glockner, from the Hohensalzburg Fortress to Schönbrunn Castle, from the Clocktower in Graz to the Abbey of Melk, from St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna Ferris Wheel to the Golden Roof in Innsbruck – 15 different motif cards invite you to make a tour through Austria’s provinces.

“With this innovation, Bank Austria provides its customers with a selection of Austria’s most beautiful landscapes and attractions, depicted on their bank cards. Moreover, we will support Caritas in its commitment to young people in difficult situations with EUR1 for each bank card sold until summer”, explains Rainer Hauser, Bank Austria board member responsible for retail banking.

Bank Austria supports Caritas
The introduction of the new “motif card” thus also has a social purpose. For each cash card sold, EUR1* will be automatically transferred to support a regional Caritas project for young people in trouble to prevent poverty. Caritas Austria President Franz Küberl says, “We appreciate Bank Austria’s support. This is an important initiative in a time which is challenging in economical terms. Each euro used to support young people in trouble is a good investment in the future of our country.”

Caritas help for young people in trouble
Emergency sleeping places for young people
: In Caritas’ emergency sleeping places, young people in severe emergency can find a temporary roof over their heads. They moreover have the possibility to shower, do the laundry or talk to social workers.

Assisted living: Young people both with a difficult social background and impairments are supported in assisted living facilities by Caritas in the long term.

Education and employment projects: With a large number of employment projects, Caritas provides young people with reasonable occupation in order to give them daily rhythm, a reasonable activity and therapeutic pocket money and to make access to working life easier for them.

* The Caritas sponsorship campaign will run until 30th July 2010.

For further inquiries: Bank Austria Press Office Austria
Matthias Raftl, Tel. +43 (0)5 05 05 /  52809;
E-Mail: matthias.raftl@unicreditgroup.at 

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