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VULNERABLE and disadvantaged local
residents with vision problems will be able
to take advantage of a new program aimed at
providing good-quality glasses at a lower cost.
All optometrists in South Australia have been
invited to participate in the Glasses SA program,
through which eligible people can get a new pair of
glasses every three years.
People eligible for the program will be able to pay
a maximum of $25 for glasses with single vision
lenses, $50 for those with bifocal lenses and $100
for glasses with multi-focal lenses.
Residents who receive a full Centrelink pension, or
a full Newstart Allowance are eligible for Glasses
SA, along with their children.
For more information, go to sa.gov.au/concessions/
GlassesSA, or call Glasses SA on 1300 762 577.
New glasses program
THE internet is an interesting place.
People like to use the internet to challenge
people, and these challenges can go viral and
turn into a craze.
A craze may start as an innocent article,
comment, tweet or video before, suddenly,
this seemingly insignificant idea can go
worldwide very quickly -- all because of the
sharing aspect of the internet.
Some challenges have been fun and
rewarding; the Ice Bucket Challenge raised
an immense amount of money for ALS and
the Harlem Shake was a way for people to
show off their bizarre dance moves.
Recently, The Bunyip got involved in the
Mannequin Challenge for some end-of-year fun.
These challenges are a lot of fun to
participate in, and all kinds of people get
involved, sometimes for a good cause.
But the tendency of people to constantly
want to outdo what people have previously
done via social media encourages people to
take them too far.
As a result, some crazes can be outright
dangerous and, potentially, deadly.
One Australian man fell from a balcony to
his death in 2011 while 'planking' on top of
a seventh-floor balcony rail.
According to British media, at least five
deaths in the United Kingdom and Ireland
were believed to have been directly linked
to the 'Neknominate' social media craze
-- which involved skulling a beer on film
before nominating a friend to do the same
-- since it rose to popularity in 2014.
More recently, a Brisbane boy lost his life
while trying to choke himself, attempting
a social media craze aimed at momentarily
cutting off oxygen to the brain to experience
a moment of euphoria.
The Clown Purge scared people
internationally, and it even hit Gawler last
October, when clowns lurked around at
Dead Man's Pass.
Police were quick to warn people against the
'clowning around', however, when social
media users started to incite hatred and
violence on the so-called Clown Purgers, out
While the creators of these 'crazes' probably
had no intention or idea that someone would
lose their life doing them, you can never be
There is no way to end online crazes; the
internet is just too big and commands such a
All you can do is try to educate your loved
ones to ensure they don't take it too far.
The line between a bit of fun and stupidity is
blurred, and this can, on certain occasions,
Pursuing the bragging rights of completing a
challenge is not worth this risk.
Have fun with the internet, but know when it
is time to stop.
In my opinion...
INTERNET CRAZES CAN BE A LOT OF FUN, THEY ARE A GOOD WAY TO GET TOGETHER WITH YOUR
MATES AND HAVE A LAUGH. HOWEVER SOMETIMES THE COMPETITIVENESS OF SOME PEOPLE CAN
TAKE THEM TOO FAR. BUNYIP INTERN EMMA KENT EXPLAINS THE DANGEROUS AND SOMETIME
DEADLY SIDE OF WHAT STARTS OUT AS SOME HARMLESS FUN.
Recent internet fads...
Planking (2011) – Participants would lie
down face frst in a plank position for a
photo, with the locations and objects to
plank on increasing in difculty as the craze
Harlem Shake (2013) – A small group of
people would start of standing in a room,
slowly bopping to some music. When the
beat dropped at the chorus, the room
would fll up with other people dancing in
bizarre ways, sometimes wearing humorous
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (2014)
– Participants could either donate money
to the ALS foundation, a motor neurone
disease, or tip a bucket of ice water over
their heads. The participant would then
nominate others to take part.
Mannequin Challenge (2016) – A group of
people would try to be as still as possible
– like a mannequin – while a camera pans
around them. See The Bunyip’s Facebook
page to see the staf take part.
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