• IN a win for shoppers, Target stores at Bankstown and Roselands appear to have been saved from the chopping block with neither appearing on the head office list of stores marked for closure or Kmart conversion. More info at target.com.au/businessupdate.
• LOTS of pets are getting super fit during this pandemic including one family of five’s two dogs. “It got to the point the other day where both dogs got to the top of the driveway and just laid down and refused to move,” said the amused mum. “No amount of coaxing with treats or toys from the kids would make them budge. I guess they reached peak pet exercise.”
• CANTERBURY City Community Centre will soon be extending their services for people over 65 into the Bankstown area, including garden care and lawn mowing, personal care and social support featuring group activities, outings and home visits. Volunteers with their own cars are being urged to get involved. Call 9750 9344 for more info.
• SAYING that invisible acts need recognition, Faye Wheatley reports: “I saw a couple walking along Burns Road, Picnic Point, the man leading a little dog and the woman carrying a large plastic bag which that little dog wouldn’t fill in 10 years! However into that bag also went litter (from other dogs) retrieved along the route.”
• WHEN the schoolroom shifted to the kitchen table, one Revesby single-mum was worried she wouldn’t be much help to her two teens. “I left school at 15,” she said. “I can’t help my kids with their homework at the best of times, let alone trying to take the place of a teacher.” She said a neighbour a couple of doors down who is a retired schoolteacher, came to their rescue. “She offered to check their work and answer any questions,” the mum said. “We basically had her on speed dial. I can’t say how grateful I am to her for stepping in to help us.”
• ALSO singing the praises of generous neighbours, a Greenacre pensioner says he doesn’t know what he would do without his. “I hurt my back a couple of weeks before everything shut down and couldn’t look after my chooks or garden properly,” he said. “The family living behind me just sent their kids over to help out. I’ve always given away eggs and extra veggies to my neighbours but I didn’t expect anyone to do that. I really can’t thank them enough.”
• LINING up at the supermarket checkout with a full basket of groceries after a long week first back at work after being temporarily stood down at the start of the pandemic, a worker from Condell Park realised she’d left her purse in the car. However, after retrieving it, she found everything bagged up and waiting for her and was told the man in line behind her had paid for it. “He was already gone, and I couldn’t thank him, so I just handed over $20 in cash and asked the cashier to pay it forward to the next person who looked as tired as I felt,” she said.
• PADSTOW bedding manufacturer A.H Beard has teamed up with an international medical technology company to manufacture emergency hospital beds in response to Covid-19.
• SAYING the Government hasn’t done enough for the elderly, a Greenacre caller says that despite being over the age of 70, he has no one to grab any groceries for him. “I have my name down to have a carer in three different agencies,” he said. “When I do go to the supermarket they want me to use ‘tap and go’ but I don’t have a credit card and I can’t order online because I don’t have the internet. It’s a very unfair time to be old.”
• BEWARE of misinformed mischief makers, particularly anyone on social media suggesting they either know the ‘cause’ or have discovered a ‘cure’ for the Covid-19 virus. The best informed sources are medical and health professionals relying on verifiable science, not someone’s cousin, friend or brother who absolutely “knows the truth”, or when it comes right down to it, foreign presidents or celebrity chefs.
• A LITTLE reminder that a fluorescent vest and bright colours are not just a fashion statement for anyone out jogging and walking to improve their fitness during the pandemic, particularly at dusk and dawn. Footpaths, which as the name suggests are used by people on foot, are also a much safer option than roads which are primarily used by vehicles.
• THE NSW Poisons Information Centre has seen a spike in calls due to hand sanitiser exposure incidents. Senior Poisons Specialist Genevieve Adamo said alcohol-based sanitiser should be stored safely and only used by young children under the supervision of an adult. “Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is also a safe and effective option to help combat Covid-19,” she said. The 24-hour Poisons Information Centre is available on 13 11 26.
• NOT all hand sanitisers are created equal. It should have at least 60 per cent alcohol and if you are buying a product that states it is using the World Health Organisation (WHO) formula, it should have 80 per cent ethanol or 75 per cent isopropyl alcohol.