MILAN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) increased its support for the people of Italy struck by the earthquake by launching 0 Fee* money transfers from Agent locations in most countries around the world for pick up at more than 450 Agent locations in affected areas of the provinces of Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, L’Aquila, Perugia, Rieti, Teramo and Terni. The 0 Fee option will be active for ten days from August 31st, to September 9th**. Consumers should be sure to indicate that they are sending support to loved one impacted by the earthquake.
Already 48 hours after the earthquake, the Western Union Foundation had committed US$50,000 to Save the Children to provide relief to the children affected. The company’s support to Italy is a part of a multi-faceted response from its retail Agent locations, Agents, employees, customers and other business partners to provide support for families and communities most affected by the earthquake in Italy.
* Western Union makes money on the exchange of currencies.
** The 0 Disaster Relief Fee is not available when sending from the USA or Canada. Due to the severity of the earthquake, some Western Union Agent locations in Italy may not be immediately operational or possess sufficient funds.
About The Western Union Foundation
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world. Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more than $106 million in grants and other giving. These funds have been pledged to more than 2,794 nongovernmental organizations in more than 137 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity. To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org, or Follow us on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.
About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of June 30, 2016, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to over a billion accounts. In 2015, The Western Union Company completed 262 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $82 billion of principal between consumers, and 508 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.