JUNK FREE JUNE

The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

The Cancer So­ci­ety Manawatu is run­ning A Junk Free June cam­paign as part of rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness of the part take-aways play in the spread of cancer, and to raise funds.

The Cancer So­ci­ety gets no gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

It is re­liant on do­na­tions, spon­sor­ship and be­quests, which make it such a vi­able, ef­fec­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Part of the cam­paign in­volves giv­ing up some­thing that you are par­tial to.

For me, never was I go­ing to give up fish ‘n’ chips. Be­ing par­tial to them was deep in my fam­ily’s DNA. Nearly as dif­fi­cult was giv­ing up the oc­ca­sional ‘‘wee dram’’.

In days gone by, my bus stop in Ed­in­burgh was right out­side of a fish ‘n’ chip shop. Many were the times I was lured in­side. My mother’s home­made va­ri­ety was looked for­ward to at fam­ily gath­er­ings on Satur­days, and we all knew what mum would or­der when we went out for a meal. Even­tu­ally, and sadly, it was the last meal she ate be­fore she died in a rest home.

It is not too late to take part in the cam­paign, you could still give up junk food for four weeks or more.

To find out more, log into The Junk Free June web­site and fol­low the in­struc­tions..

As the ra­dio ad­vert says of cancer: ‘‘It’s a road that you never have to go down.’’

For those who do, the Cancer So­ci­ety is there to help. It’s never too late to give a lit­tle.

Don Robert­son Palmer­ston North

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