HELP for Australia’s bushfire crisis is still coming in from across the world.
Four weeks ago Hannah Gidman moved from Woodvale to the UK to teach at Howard Junior School in King’s Lynn.
Having heard about the devastation happening in Australia, the school was quick to welcome Ms Gidman by starting several fundraising events to raise money for WIRES to help the affected wildlife.
“Students have been discovering how big the bushfires really are in comparison to the size of England and learning about the vast loss of Australian wildlife, and have opened their pockets and wallets to help raise money,” she said.
In three weeks they raised more than $3500 with initiatives including filling koala and kangaroo posters with coins, a cake sale, a Wear it Wild for Oz day, a Great Australian Quiz, face painting, auctioning Lego koalas and collecting donations in the city of King’s Lynn.
“It has been heart-warming to see the local school community and all of King’s Lynn caring deeply for our country and it’s unique wildlife,” Ms Gidman said.
“We even had Norfolk North West’s MP James Wild come to our cake bake sale where he presented a certificate of appreciation from the acting Australian high commissioner of the UK.”
Back home in Perth, local small businesses are also doing what they can to help over east.
The Lucky Charm newsagency in Joondalup donated 50 cents from every greeting card sold in January.
Owner Spiros Scafidas then took it another step further, buying a commercial popcorn maker to raffle.
Both initiatives raised about $1000 for bushfire relief.
And Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club has raised $14,000, which it will split between the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Wildlife Victoria and Native Animal Rescue WA, also recognising the recent devastation form the Yanchep and Baldivis fires.