Posted on 03/06/2013
Each year for the last four years, the Library Service in conjunction with the Students' Union at Royal Holloway has held a ‘Charity Fines Day’ when all outstanding fines paid in cash on 1st March have been donated directly to charity to help support projects around the world.
Thanks to fantastic support from library users across campus, the staggering sum of £6,854.36 was raised in March, to which the proceeds of £257.99 from a charity bake sale run by library staff during the Spring term was added.
This year the Library and Students' Union teamed up with Room to Read, a charity which works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children. The charity also supports young girls in completing secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed both in school and beyond.
The money raised will be used to stock a school library in both Bangladesh and Cambodia, providing training and support for staff to ensure the resources are used effectively and the project remains sustainable long-term. Reports and images of these projects, charting their progress as they develop, will become available in due course.
The Charity Fines Day initiative began in 2009 at the suggestion of the Students’ Union in support of Comic Relief, for which it raised £1,374. In 2010 £1,299 was raised in support of the Haiti Earthquake Appeal. 2011 saw £4,525 raised in fines for the Royal Holloway Rainforest Project, which secured 90 of the 167 acres of the Podocarpus-el Condor Biosphere Reserve in Southern Ecuador purchased with a total of £8,372 raised by Royal Holloway. In 2012, £868 was raised in support of the Burma Education Partnership.
Hundreds of you helped to spread the word about the event, by word of mouth as well as across Facebook and Twitter, encouraging others to participate through comments and stories being shared in the run up to the day. This support was invaluable and shows the power of the global population here at Royal Holloway where once again our students interest and generosity is extending far beyond our own campus.