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Dallas Primary pupils raise funds for Australian charities following bushfires

By Garry McCartney

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Dallas Primary Rights Respecting School Group with their cheque for charity.
Dallas Primary Rights Respecting School Group with their cheque for charity.

CHILDREN from a local Primary school have raised more than £150 for charities in Australia.

The Rights Respecting School Group at Dallas Primary wanted to help people and communities affected by this year's out of control bush fires by collecting unwanted 1 and 2ps for Australian Red Cross and World Wide Fund For Nature Australia.

Head teacher Mairi Grant confirmed the pupils asked for the relatively low contributions following a Christmas period that was expensive for many.

She said: "It was amazing just how many coppers people donated - we had buckets, bottles and tubs full!

"I was very proud of the empathy shown by the children. They initiated the collection by asking how they could help."

Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought fuelled a series of massive fires across Australia. More than 27.2 million acres of land burned and at least 33 people were killed.

An estimated £260,540,000 was donated by the public, international organisations, public figures and celebrities for victim relief and wildlife recovery. Convoys of donated food, clothing and livestock feed were also sent to affected areas.

Dallas Primary Rights Respecting School group leader, Chloe Stinson (10), was proud of her school's contribution.

She said: "It was amazing because it felt really good to help others. I was overwhelmed by how generous people were. We even got a cheque from someone who saw our post on social media!"

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