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Norfolk schoolchildren transform into koalas to fundraise for Australian bushfire relief

Children and a teacher from Howard Junior School Credit: Howard Junior School

"Help Australian wildlife now, raise lots of money"!

Children from Howard Junior School in King's Lynn have donned koala facepaint to fundraise for Wires, an Australian wildlife charity. Wires are currently rescuing and rehabilitating birds and animals caught up in the bushfires ravaging Australia.

They tweeted the following video to draw attention to their cause:

The crisis has killed over 20 people and over 1,400 homes have been destroyed in the blazes. Collectively, an area covering more than 20,000 square miles has been burnt by wildfires around the country. Experts have said climate change is partly to blame for the fires.

Howard has called the situation a wildlife and climate emergency. "We all need to help NOW!", the school tweeted.

Staff and pupils will be fundraising for Wires throughout January. Howard hopes its creative efforts will inspire other schools in the region to help.