By Jessica Anstice
Casey Cardinia Libraries (CCL) are on a quest to raise money to help prevent loneliness in the region as part of a new fundraising program.
Since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March, CCL has been delivering books, dvds, magazines and ‘binge bags’, to local residents in their homes.
CCL CEO Chris Buckingham said that during the pandemic, everyone has experienced what it is like to be isolated.
“We’ve known fear, boredom and loneliness,” he said.
“Imagine if this was your daily life even without the threat of Covid-19.’
The new fundraising program seeks to raise money to continue delivering books and other items to locals in their homes, because even when this pandemic is ‘over’ there will still be people in the community who cannot safely leave their homes.
“We the know the home delivery service has made a massive difference to the lives of so many people in our community over the past couple of months,” Mr Buckingham added.
“We want to be able to extend the service for people in our community on an ongoing basis.”
CCL member Amber was thrilled to hear the service would continue to run.
“This is awesome! My dad relies on going to the libraries to read as he can’t go online,” she said.
“This is perfect so now he can go back to reading again and keep busy.”
Sonia, another CCL member, said her friends are envious when she tells them she’s getting her books delivered.
“The library is offering an important service, in a stellar way.”
To continue these deliveries, CCL is seeking help from the community.
Just $30 can provide book deliveries to an isolated person in the community.
Go to ccl.vic.gov.au/support-our-book-delivery-service/ or call customer care on 1800 577 548 now to donate by credit card or PayPal.
CCL has deductible gift recipient status and all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.