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Swaffham shows its support to Australia after devastating wildfires




Groups and organisations in Swaffham have been showing their support for those affected by the bushfire disaster in Australia.

Meadow House Nursing Home, based on Norwich Road, hosted an Australia-themed day on Monday in which staff and residents dressed up in themed attire.

A total of £180 was raised for the Australian Red Cross who provide disaster relief and recovery.

Meadow House Nursing Home Swaffham hosting an Australia-Themed Day For the Australian Red Cross...Residents and staff members getting ready for the Australia Themed Day organised by Charlotte Walsh (Activities Organiser). Picture: Paul Marsh
Meadow House Nursing Home Swaffham hosting an Australia-Themed Day For the Australian Red Cross...Residents and staff members getting ready for the Australia Themed Day organised by Charlotte Walsh (Activities Organiser). Picture: Paul Marsh

Among the activities taking place were an Australia themed quiz, kangaroo hop race, ‘name the koala’ and a treasure hunt.

Manager Joanna Jankowska said: “Everyone here at Meadow House really enjoyed our special fundraising day for the Australian Red Cross.

“We’ve all been so shocked by the pictures we’ve seen of the bushfires in Australia and the devastation it has created; as such everyone was very happy to help raise some money for such a great cause.

“We had lots of family and friends come and join us on the day; the tombola and raffle was particularly popular and our Australian-themed treasure hunt created a lot of laughter.

“Thank you to everyone who took part and helped us raise £180.”

Elsewhere, the Rotary Club of Swaffham agreed to donate £500 to the National Rotary Disaster Trust fund which will ensure donations go direct to where it is most needed.

And the Swaffham and District Lions contributed £250 to the Lions Clubs International Foundation who sent $343,000 to Australia.

Then, following changes in the Guides and Brownies programme, Swaffham Lions were asked if they would fund the new material that the 1st Necton Brownies would need to comply with the new system.

Leader of the Brownies Julie Faiers invited the lions to an Australian themed evening where the Lions President John Collins handed over a cheque for £250.

Swaffham Lions president hands over a cheque to the 1st Necton Brownies. Picture: Swaffham Lions(28024050)
Swaffham Lions president hands over a cheque to the 1st Necton Brownies. Picture: Swaffham Lions(28024050)

The Brownie pack, which has 20 members, decided to theme the evening in support of the animals affected by the fires in Australia.


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