Letters to the editor

Biggest Morning Teas raises $24,800 on EP

I would like to sincerely thank all those in the Eyre Peninsula who supported Australia's Biggest Morning Tea throughout May and June.

With one Australian diagnosed with cancer approximately every five minutes, (the length of an average tea break), the time, effort and generosity of our morning tea hosts will ensure that those diagnosed, along with their family and friends, receive information and support when they need it most.

The money raised through the simple act of having a cuppa for a cause will make a huge difference and allow us to continue to fund vital research, prevention, advocacy and support programs that change people's lives.

In the last year alone, thanks to the generous support of the South Australian community, we were able to directly engage with more than 4600 individuals across South Australia with our prevention messaging, provide more than 30,400 nights of accommodation to those travelling to Adelaide for treatment, and provide more than 5000 people with information and support from a Cancer Council nurse through Cancer Council 13 11 20.

Because of our wonderful hosts and their guests, we will be able to continue providing these services for years to come.

This year thousands of people showed their generosity with 101 events being held throughout the Eyre Peninsula, raising more than $24,800 to support those impacted by cancer in our community, with donations still coming in.

On behalf of everyone here at Cancer Council SA, I would like to thank all those who held, attended, or donated to an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea event throughout May and June.

Every day 27 South Australians are diagnosed with cancer.

On behalf of everyone affected and all those at Cancer Council SA - thank you for making sure that they don't have to face their diagnosis alone.

LINCOLN SIZE

Cancer Council SA, chief executive

Don't waste the opportunity

The proposal to ban the use of single-use plastics in South Australia is a positive and highly accountable response to the current waste dilemma that communities across Australia are facing.

In our efforts to simplify our daily lives, by developing and using items which were cheap, expendable and reduced the use of natural resources, we have significantly increased the amount of long life waste we need to dispose of.

The recent, universally unpopular, decision by the state government to increase the Solid Waste Levy by 40 per cent, clearly signalled that we as a society need to take action to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Targeting the use of single use plastic and other items is an opportunity to solve two issues - decreasing the amount of waste going to landfill and reducing the disposal cost for councils and ratepayers.

Recycling, reuse and the elimination of unnecessary packaging are further measures that could also be adopted.

Hopefully, we don't waste this opportunity.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna

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