Australia is facing an unprecedented national crisis, as bushfires have spread across the nation. Over 20 people have been killed, 1,500 homes destroyed, and an estimated 1 billion animals may have perished.
Across the country, over 10 million hectares of Australian land has been burned to the ground. Over 1 billion animals have lost their lives so far, including thousands of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, birds and other iconic wildlife. Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park issued a plea for help with huge numbers of injured koalas and other native species impacted by the event. More than half of the koalas on Australia's iconic Kangaroo Island are thought to have died as a result of the vast blazes.
A group of Medfield Middle school girls - Rose McEentee, Alana Dolan, Kailyn and Kendel Larkins, Kam Perachi, Christina, Maddie Nowrocki, Gabby Fedder, Abbey Bender, Olivia Gallagher, Grace, Sophie Baker, Cecelia Crosby, Ali Knight, Izzy Kittredge, Genna McDonald, Anna Koch and Donna Snow White McDonald - took it upon themselves to help the best they knew how. For about three weeks, they sewed, painted, and crafted many items to sell and raise money to help the wildlife in Australia. Last Sunday, February 2, they stood outside of Starbucks and Park Street Books, raising $900 on the day.
The girls thanked everyone who stopped in to support the cause.