Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Ben manages $4000 as fundraiser ends
Deniliquin’s Ben Leetham has raised $4000 for CanAssist, a local organisation which provides financial assistance and support for people living with cancer in Deniliquin.
Mr Leetham shaved off his dreadlocks on August 12 after growing out his hair for five years, in tribute to family members who had been diagnosed with cancer.
He had raised $2600 at the time of the shave, with an original goal of $1000, but the online donation ‘tin’ was still open until the end of August and garnered even more support.
Deniliquin CanAssist posted a thank you note to Mr Leetham on Wednesday.
‘‘The Deni CanAssist community and the people we help can’t thank you enough!’’ the organisation said.
Nominate a top woman
The search is on for the most outstanding and influential women in NSW, with nominations now open for the 2022 NSW Women of the Year Awards.
Categories include the Woman of Excellence, Aboriginal Woman of the Year, Aware Super NSW Community Hero of the Year, Young Woman of the Year and Regional Woman of the Year.
The One to Watch, which recognises girls aged seven to 17 who supported others through acts of courage, strength, determination or kindness is in its second year.
Nominations close on Friday 17 September and can be submitted at https:/ /facs.smartygrants.com.au/WOTYA2022
The Vinnies Community Sleepout had a successful night in Deniliquin last Friday night, earning the organisation almost $17,200 to distribute to those in need of support in Deniliquin.
About 16 members joined the Sleepout, which was made virtual to comply with lockdown rules.
People camped in their cars and backyards, all while staying in touch on video calls and messaging apps to support each other.
The event, usually held in the Deniliquin CBD, is a fundraiser and a reminder of the danger homelessness poses to many in the community.
A Vinnies spokesperson said she hopes the night will act as a conversation starter so our community is reminded not to leave anyone behind.
The Vinnies Community Sleepout Deniliquin is still raising funds and hopes to reach its $20,000 goal. Donate at https:/ /my.fundraise.vinniesnsw.org.au/vinniescommunity-sleepout-deniliquin-2021.
Prepare for hayfever season
The Murrumbidgee Asthma Collaborative is advising all community members in the region who have breathing difficulties related to asthma, hay fever and sinus problems to begin their preparations prior to the spring thunderstorm season.
This year the advice is simple; be prepared, seek out an asthma treatment plan and learn the basics of asthma first aid.
Local respiratory physician Associate Professor Adriaan Venter said the spring thunderstorm season is being complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic yet the need for preventative measures remains.
‘‘Apart from COVID-19 there are a number of respiratory viruses that cause trouble during this time period,’’ he said.
‘‘Symptoms such as sneezing, a sore throat and a fever with a runny nose are all common with these types of infections.
‘‘Clinically they are indistinguishable from each other and therefore when they occur it is important to get a COVID-19 swab and isolate until the results are known.
‘‘With the symptoms, it is important to realise that even though the swab may be negative there is still one of the respiratory viruses that would be causing the symptoms.
‘‘Wearing a mask prevents the spread of not only COVID-19, but also these viruses. We need to ensure that everybody stays healthy and that we do not personally expose anybody who might be at risk.’’
People with asthma or their carers are encouraged to register at science.csu.edu.au/asthma to receive alerts via email or SMS when thunderstorm asthma risk is elevated.
No parcel pick-up
Australia Post has announced it is temporarily suspending customer parcel collection in NSW, the ACT, and Victoria from 7am Saturday to 7am on September 7.
It said the suspension is due to high demand and staff shortages which will be eased with a change to its process.
‘‘As you know, across the country we are all managing the sustained challenges of the COVID pandemic. With two of our largest States and some 15 million people in lockdown, the fluctuations in customer online shopping have significantly increased,’’ said a statement from Australia Post.
‘‘We are also dealing with the impacts of the Delta strain and in any given day, we have close to 500 people out of our workforce as they follow necessary self-isolation and testing before clearance back to work.’’
‘‘The safety of our people is our highest priority and this temporary measure will allow us to responsibly clear record volumes in parts of our network.’’