Australia Bushfires - Making a Felsted Difference

Felstedians across all years have agreed they would like to try to help to improve the situation in Australia. 

More than 24 million acres have been burnt down across Australia - an area the size of most of England combined with much of Wales. The statistics are shocking - more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed, at least 32 people have died and one billion animals are expected to have died, with up to 30% of the koalas in the region of New South Wales having lost their lives.

Senior School pupils organised an offertory collection in Sunday evening’s chapel service, where they raised over £350. In addition, they took part in a Non Uniform Day on Wednesday, with pupils wearing the national Australian colours of green and gold. This Action for Australia Day was a further success for the fundraising efforts, resulting in a grand total of over £1000.

A big thank you to all who contributed to this very worthy cause. The funds raised will be shared between the NSW Rural Fire and Rescue organisation and organisations who have been working together to rebuild the devastation on Kangaroo Island. 

Meanwhile the Prep school Global Gang representatives in Stewart House have discussed the plight of animals who are struggling to find safety. They have found the wonderful charity WIRES, an animal rescue organisation in Australia who are working hard to rescue and save the animals who are caught in the blaze. The Global Team are hoping to raise money for the charity.

There will also be donation stations at each entrance to the Prep School on Wednesday 29 January to mark Australia Day. This will go to WWF's Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund to help the wildlife affected.