Alice Walker Quote

The Problem

Recently, on a FaceBook community group’s page – Plastic Free Wollongong I noticed a post from a member expressing their dismay that our local radio station, i98FM, was handing out Balloons.

This post inspired me to create this meme:

i98fm Balloon meme

I first posted it to the Plastic Free Wollongong group FaceBook page and then on the i98FM FaceBook page.

The Response

On Thursday, 13 September 2018 at 8:57am i98FM responded.

i98FM response

It is rare to get a response and rarer still to get such a positive outcome.

The Acknowledgement

Acknowledgement of i98fms action

The Moral of the story

So the moral of the story is that we must always stand up for the environment against the actions of businesses, groups and especially the government.

Because sometimes they listen, sometimes they respond, sometimes they act.

NVDA (Non Violent Direct Action) can, will and does work.


  1. Alison said:
    16 September 10:13 am

    Thank you TeeKay for sharing this awesome result.

    Thank you i98FM for listening and acting appropriately. Well Done!!

  2. Andrew F said:
    16 September 10:21 am

    Bugger! Not the first comment..

    An awesome result for our most vulnerable co-habitants.

    Thank you i98FM for acting and stopping any chance that your use of balloons impacting all critters great and small.

    And thank you TeeKay for bringing it to i98FM’s attention and also acknowledging i98FM’s awesome decision by posting about it on your Blog.

  3. Herbert said:
    16 September 10:38 am

    Great Job all around.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Faruq said:
    16 September 10:45 am

    Thank you for sharing this awesome story.

    As-salāmu ʿalaykum TeeKay and i98FM

  5. James said:
    16 September 12:58 pm

    Thanks for being a wonderful advocate for the environment TeeKay.

    Thanks also to i98fm for listening to their community but also acting in a positive, inspirational manner with their decision to stop using balloons immediately.

    Well done all around!!

  6. Karen said:
    16 September 2:36 pm


    Maybe you should do one for ING bank what with Isla Fisher handing out balloons.

  7. Robbo said:
    16 September 10:43 pm

    Beauty Mate!

  8. Areta said:
    17 September 7:07 am

    What a wonderful result TeeKay.

    Thank you for your part in achieving this terrific result that will prevent many deaths in both our avian and marine cousins.

    Thank you also to i98FM for not only listening to their community but for the positive action that will result in less suffering and less litter.

  9. Paula said:
    17 September 8:02 am

    I seen the link to your blog post on the i98FM website. (Awesome result btw.) I was interested in what else you had to offer on your blog.

    You have a new fan.

    As Arnie said “I will be back”

    Paula T.

  10. Ben said:
    17 September 9:46 am

    An excellent result TeeKay. NVDA is always the best approach.

  11. Tia said:
    17 September 10:28 am

    Thank you for reaching out to us at i98FM and acknowledging our decision to stop using balloons. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  12. TeeKay said:
    17 September 10:35 am

    You’re most welcome Tia.

    Credit must be given where credit is due and i98FM responding so quickly to the voice of their community certainly requires acknowledgement.


  13. Stewart said:
    17 September 12:36 pm

    What an amazing effort by the community and, more specifically, you TeeKay.

    Also thank you, on behalf of all marine life, must go to i98FM from here on the other side of this small planet.

  14. Mel said:
    17 September 1:37 pm

    What a wonderful outcome for all involved.