Australian wildlife affected by the devastating bush fires will benefit from two fundraising events, held last month in Crewkerne. Students at Wadham School raised £380.00 for the WWF Australian Bushfire Emergency Appeal at their non-uniform day on Friday January 24th and the Brothers & Sisters barber shop and salon managed to hit £1,000 during a 26 hour Hairathon by stylist Abbie May on January 25th/26th.
Abbie who lived in Australia for two years, worked around the clock using her many hairdressing skills, to raise money for WIRES – a registered charity rescuing injured native wildlife, to enable them to be released back into the wild. Salon proprietor, Rachel Knight said: “The Hairathon was a great reflection of the standard of work Abbie can produce. Every client brought good fun and energy to help her keep going. Thank you to everyone who donated, helping us to hit the target set by Ryan.”
An estimated 10 million hectares were affected since July 2019, in the worst bush fires to have ever hit the country. It is estimated that around 1 billion native animals lost their lives, including 50,000 koalas. Firefighters risked their lives everyday, to rescue people and animals in searing heat, before the heavy rains finally arrived to assist their valiant efforts.