Good luck with recycling
I write in response to the article in last Thursday’s Port Lincoln Times regarding recycling of cans and other articles at Centenary Oval.
I applaud the Port Lincoln Football League in this endeavour but it has been tried before.
In 1995, when I was junior secretary, I espied people at the conclusion of matches raiding the green bins and they were the same people week after week, one even drove an expensive four-wheel-drive.
I organised a wire bin to be made, with a chain and padlock.
It took one weekend for the whole kit and caboodle to be stolen, even though there was a sign on the bin advising that it was a fundraising measure for junior football. Faye, I wish you good luck.
Secondly, this is a note for people who are using bill smoothing with AGL for payment of electricity.
Do not be fooled that they are doing you a favour, they are looking after their own position.
AGL take the last five, three-monthly bills, total them up, add 5 per cent and divide by 12 to get a monthly payment to be deducted from your bank account.
This figure is completely distorted and just ensures your account stays well in the black.
AGL increased our monthly deductions from $160 to $271 last October without even telling us.
They factored in two winter bills, the three-monthly figure of $813 was well above any bill we have ever had, except for one winter bill of $740.
Please be warned, we have stopped bill smoothing and monthly deductions, and will pay our own calculated amount fortnightly with a payment card.
Appealing for support
For over 50 years, The Salvation Army and the Australian community have united to bring hope where it’s needed most, through the annual Red Shield Appeal.
The Red Shield Appeal is the lifeblood of The Salvation Army. It ensures that we can continue to support the women and children who are fleeing domestic violence, the people trapped in drug and alcohol addiction, the youth who are sleeping on our streets, and so much more.
It is the Salvos’ main fundraiser, helping keep the doors open to our many support services.
But with more and more people from all walks of life turning to us for assistance, this year we will need as much help as we can get.
So we are calling on community groups, sporting clubs, workplaces, families and individuals to get on board and volunteer for the Red Shield Appeal during the month May.
And we are asking people across the country to please donate to this year’s appeal. Even just a small contribution can make an immeasurable difference in someone’s life.
Every day, the Salvos live, love and fight for the needs of our community.
We can only do this because, year after year, Australians come together to give hope where it's needed most.
So please, get involved in this year’s Red Shield Appeal by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or by visiting salvos.org.au, because no one should have to go it alone.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL NEIL VENABLES
The Salvation Army national secretary for communications
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