Mayor Gangemi launches 2023 Library Fine Amnesty & Christmas Appeal

Published on 17 November 2023

Mayor of The Hills Shire Dr Peter Gangemi launches his 2023 Library Fine Amnesty and Christmas Appeal.jpg

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi has continued a heartwarming holiday tradition with the announcement of his 2023 Library Fine Amnesty.

The Library Fine Amnesty waives fines for late books from Hills Shire libraries in exchange for non-perishable food items.

The donated food items will be distributed to Anglicare for their Mobile Community Pantry, a program that offers affordable food options to individuals and families looking to have a more enjoyable festive season.

Mayor Gangemi recognised the need to help those who are less fortunate this Christmas.

“While Christmas is a wonderful and joyous occasion, it is a tough time of the year for many in our community” Mayor Gangemi said.

“The Library Fine Amnesty and Mayor’s Christmas Appeal helps give extra support to those who need it most this Christmas.

“By partnering with Anglicare, we can ensure that the donated non-perishable items will go to families who truly need and benefit from them.”

In addition to supporting a great cause, this initiative offers library members the perfect opportunity to return any long-overdue books to the shelves of the four Hills Shire Library branches.

Last year, the Library Fine Amnesty and Mayor’s Christmas Appeal was a resounding success, with 1483 items donated and 217 overdue items returned to the libraries.

The Library Fine Amnesty and Mayor’s Christmas Appeal for 2023 will run from 17 November – 17 December 2023, ensuring ample time for community members to participate and make a difference. Residents who don’t have late library books to return are also encouraged to contribute to this worthy cause and help make a difference.

Acceptable non-perishable food item donations include:

  • Christmas cake or pudding (500g or 700g)
  • Tinned ham or chunky soup (450g)
  • Tinned salmon or tuna (415g)
  • Tea (100pk)
  • Coffee (100g)
  • Packet of biscuits (no chocolate biscuits)
  • Dried pasta (500g)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Long-life milk
  • Long-life custard
  • Tinned fruit and vegetables (425g)
  • Jam (500g)

Unfortunately, products that include chocolate such as chocolate biscuits can’t be accepted as it’s likely to melt.

To donate, visit your local Hills Shire library branch at Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Dural or Rouse Hill.

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