December 2011 No.79  
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Old Phones, more chickens – Griffith helping those in Laos


Australia’s Griffith University’s support of MobileMuster, the mobile phone recycling programme, will be taken to a new level over the Christmas and New Year period. The worthy cause will be joining forces with Oxfam in the ‘Old phones, more chickens’ campaign to help communities living in poverty. For every two phones that get donated until 31 January 2012, MobileMuster will purchase a chicken for a struggling family in Laos.

This year Griffith has already seen over 70kgs of mobile phones, batteries and accessories saved from landfills. This campaign will be an extra incentive to get rid of those unwanted items lying around the house. Unwanted phones and accessories are discarded in the recycling station located in the foyer of each library.

   Food for Fines

Meanwhile, at the University of Technology Sydney, Food for Fines is now in its third year at the City Campus Library and Kuring-Gai Campus Library. The Food for Fines Campaign is a way for library clients to contribute to a worthy cause and lower their fines at the same time. Staff and students will be able to donate non-perishable items, they can be canned food, jars and packeted food, but no confectionary. Items must not be damaged and the expiry date must not be before June 2012.

For each item donated AUD3 will be deducted from their fines. A maximum of AUD30 can be claimed. The Library encourages clients without fines to also donate, as it all goes to a worthy cause. The donations will be given to Mission Australia. They are a local charity helping people who are homeless, unemployed or living in poverty.

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