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Cricket fund-raiser makes a big difference

The McGrath Foundation would like to say a huge thank-you to Wollondilly for getting behind our community cricket initiative, Pink Stumps Day, and helping to raise $1 million to help support families experiencing breast cancer in Australia.

The McGrath Foundation set community cricket teams a challenge at the beginning of the summer to help smash our fund-raising goal and we haven't been disappointed.

Thank-you to The Oaks, Burragorang Cricket Club and Camden Cricket Club on their fantastic efforts.

The teams got their local community involved and turned their pitch a shade of pink, but also raised a collective $1504.

Not only that, nearly 1000 clubs around the country brought some magic to their cricket club, going above and beyond to really make a difference.

Through support like this, we are able to ensure families experiencing breast cancer have access to a McGrath breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation.

To date, our extensive network of McGrath breast care nurses has helped support more than 25,000 Australian families through their breast cancer experience, providing invaluable physical, psychological and emotional support from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment.

We know we wouldn't be able to continue our important work without your support, so thank-you.

If you want to register your interest for Pink Stumps Day in 2015, visit

As we say at the McGrath Foundation, together we can make a difference.

Tracy Bevan, McGrath Foundation director and ambassador

Police presence

Perhaps Picton police station should be manned full-time for rapid response to an emergency.

On Friday I was assaulted in my own backyard.

I managed to get into my house and lock the door but as he was still outside, I rang triple-0 and told the operator that although not injured, that I was shaken and needed the police.

Two fine young constables arrived two hours later from Narellan and were very helpful.

Perhaps they would have arrived sooner if it had been more serious, but Narellan is too far away.

As I will be 80 next year, I don't need this sort of excitement.

I should be safe and free anywhere on my property.

Andrew Duncan, Wilton

A $15,000 shave

Recently I participated in The Wollondilly Rainbow Shave in support of the Leukaemia Foundation.

I am overwhelmed at the support given to me in the Camden and Picton areas. I managed to raise more than $15,000 for this great cause.

The generosity of local business, local people and my suppliers was amazing.

And the two thieves that stole the money box from the George IV at Picton, it's still not too late to return the money, no questions asked.

Lofty Richardson, Spring Farm

Bus safety the loser when cheaper is chosen

Well done Transport for NSW and the Minister for Transport.

You recently awarded a contract to a company to operate bus services in the Macarthur region on the basis of a cheaper tender.

The recent inspection and ultimate disclosure that some 32 buses out of 88 were found to be defective clearly shows that this company is not qualified or competent to operate a bus service.

I for one will never catch a bus in the Macarthur region now, as I do not believe that they are safe.

So much for the press release that more than 15 new buses were provided when the new company took over on June 1.

They are still operating their old clunkers which is a total disgrace.

Busways vehicles were clean, modern and well kept vehicles but on the first day of operations, many drivers and passengers were disillusioned to pay good money for substandard buses.

If they did not have modern, well-maintained buses then they should never have been granted the right to transport the residents of Macarthur.

I am glad that it happened over the school holidays.

They can get these buses fixed and ready before school goes back.

They cannot even update their timetables: look at all of the blank spaces in the large bus stop signs at Campbelltown station, Macarthur Square and along Narellan Road.

It is extremely hard to work out what bus goes where.

What a joke of a system we have in NSW.

The cheaper the better when it comes to public transport.

Steve Francis, Narellan

Litter sources spotted

Regarding your story, "Roadside rubbish eyesore", Wollondilly Advertiser, July 2.

Perhaps if you look more closely at the litter in the picture you would see that this rubbish has been dropped by an overloaded garbage truck.

Each week the streets are littered with garbage overspill.

Another big problem is the indiscriminate throwing of newspapers which are everywhere in our streets.

Legislation states that deliveries are to be made on to the intended property and not thrown on to driveways or footpaths.

If the council wants to clean the place up I suggest they start invoking the litter laws.

Mick Gregory, Buxton