Dragon breathes new life into charity card

St George Bank has re-launched its Australian Spirit MasterCard which gives donations to charity based on card spend. The bank and a group of 20 retailers will donate up to 1.9 per cent of customers' card purchases to schools and four listed charities including World Vision and Lifeline. St George will contribute 0.4 cents of each dollar spent, reduced from 0.5 cents, and retailers will donate the rest. The bank says the card will raise $90,000 a year for every 1,000 customers. The card interest rate is 15 per cent.