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Ball can­celled

The En­chanted Fairy­tale Char­ity Ball that was planned in Katikati last Satur­day had to be can­celled. Or­gan­iser Kris­ten Waite says she is plan­ning to de­lay it un­til sum­mer not to clash with other events. In the mean­time, Kris­ten is still fundrais­ing for her three-year-old daugh­ter Ocean’s surgery planned in July, so peo­ple can still help by do­nat­ing on­line to Ocean’s givealit­tle page: givealit­tle.co.nz/cause/ our jour­ney to sdr

Di­a­betes do­na­tion

Due to a $15,000 do­na­tion from TECT, Di­a­betes Help Tau­ranga is now able to pro­vide more di­a­betes ser­vices to those at risk through­out the Western Bay of Plenty. Di­a­betes, mainly type two, cur­rently af­fects over 10,000 peo­ple in the Bay and it is likely a fur­ther 5000 have ei­ther type two di­a­betes, or are at risk of de­vel­op­ing type two di­a­betes. For more in­for­ma­tion about ser­vices con­tact the Di­a­betes Help INF Oline on 07 571-3422.

Plas­tic bags ditched

More com­pa­nies are jump­ing on board to ditch plas­tic bags. Z En­ergy ser­vice sta­tions stopped pro­vid­ing sin­gle-use plas­tic bags to cus­tomers last week. The move is part of Z’s com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, and will take the 2.5 mil­lion plas­tic bags that Z pre­vi­ously pro­vided each year out of cir­cu­la­tion. Z’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Man­ager, Gerri Ward, said ditch­ing plas­tic bags com­pletely is a sim­ple way to re­duce waste and pol­lu­tion. He said plas­tic bags are ama­jor source of ocean and river pol­lu­tion. They can take up to 1000 years to de­grade and even then, they never dis­ap­pear com­pletely.

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