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
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.