Letters to the editor

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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to billie.harrison@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Thank you for shaving

On behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation, I would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Eyre Peninsula readers for their incredible support of this years’ 20th World’s Greatest Shave.

The extraordinary people who shaved, cut or coloured their hair plus all their generous sponsors have now raised an incredible $838,000 in SA alone. 

This will help the Leukaemia Foundation continue to provide its vital services that will make a genuine difference to local families facing blood cancer.

These services include free accommodation, transport, emotional support and disease specific education to Australians and their families as they find their way through some of the darkest days of their lives.

Plus, funds raised also contribute to Australian researchers who are working to discover safer and more effective treatments. 

Although their critical research is improving survival rates, 35 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer every day.

About 20,000 people have taken part in this year’s milestone campaign and have shaved or cut away an estimated 7000 kilograms of hair, helping to create wigs for cancer patients. 

Thanks to our partners at Sustainable Salons Australia, for the first time shorter hair will now also be used to create ‘hair booms’ which will be used to soak up potential oil spills at sea.

Thank you for your support. We are well on our way to reaching our goal of $842,000. There is still time for people to sign up or make a donation at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.au. 

Thanks to you, the Leukaemia Foundation will be able to help more Australians with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders survive and live a better quality of life.

BILL PETCH

Leukemia Foundation chief executive officer

Political correctness out of hand

It is an anxious time. A time of fast information and faster misinformation. 

A time of harassment and bullying and there is no letting up.

Despite all the counselling, bullying awareness workshops and the tiptoeing around school violence, school and cyber bullying have increased driving some children to take their own lives. 

I believe some songs are a reflection of what is happening in our society. I was astounded to hear a song (Beck) ' ...I'm a loser baby so why don't you kill me...' What kind of song is this?    

Adults are bombarded with information about better, cheaper insurances, energy, banks, retail, phone, internet providers... and the list goes on. 

Instead of spend precious time filling our life with things that we enjoy, we are driven to stay informed, compare and stay afloat.

These days we also have to sort out the administration failure. 

Recently, after dodging the roadwork, the horrendous Adelaide traffic, the quick-changing lights and focusing on the many cameras and speed signs we located a park and finally reached the Flinders Hospital to be told our appointment had been cancelled. Not even an apology. Apparently it is just a routine occurrence.

Meanwhile, the politically correct brigade is focusing on such delicate issues such as whether anyone would be offended when filling out a form to state if that person is male, female or other. 

It also appears our Immigration Minister is seen as racist because he deemed the white farmers in South Africa should be given special consideration for immigrating in Australia. 

The government should use common sense, give the politically correct brigade a shove, keep rules and regulations to a minimum and get off Australian people's back.

JOSETTE DI DONNA

Port Lincoln