Author helps Perth students fundraise for bushfire relief

North Beach Primary School year 5 students Paige Thelander, Hayes Duncan and Anish Keenan organised a bushfire relief fundraiser,
North Beach Primary School year 5 students Paige Thelander, Hayes Duncan and Anish Keenan organised a bushfire relief fundraiser,

STUDENTS at North Beach Primary School have raised money for bushfire relief, with help from a leading children’s author.

Year 5 students Anish Keenan, Hayes Duncan and Paige Thelander organised a book stall in an effort to support wildfire relief in the Amazon and bushfires in the eastern states.

Anish’s mother Rashitha said the trio’s idea grew after she and husband Richard encouraged them to seek input from local authors.

Children’s author and illustrator James Foley agreed to be part of the event and author AJ Betts and Scribblers Festival organisers donated books.

Fremantle store Paper Bird Children’s Books & Art donated a portion of sales and the North Beach community gifted hundreds of books for the fundraiser.

North Beach PS year 5 students Anish Keenan, Paige Thelander and Hayes Duncan with author James Foley and fellow students at the fundraiser.

Mrs Keenan said the December 11 event was a “great success”.

“James Foley was absolutely fantastic. He ran a storytelling session for a gold coin donation, which most of the school attended,” she said.

“He then stayed and signed his books purchased from Paper Bird and chatted with the kids.

“It’s so fantastic to see the next generation stepping up and doing their bit to help others.”

The students raised more than $1000, which will be donated to Amazon Watch and The Rescue Collective.

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