Boys raise more than £1,500 to help animals in Australia

Two eight-year-old boys who attend High Hurstwood Primary School have raised more than £1,500 to support animals affected by bush fires in Australia.

Will Harding, and Adam Spanek, organised a Sportathon and set up a crowdfunding page to boost their efforts.

Young fund-raisers Adam Spanek, left, and Will Harding.

Will’s sister Chloe, six, helped too by selling Anzac biscuits on the side lines.

The Sportathon included an hour of tennis, an hour’s football match, a cycle ride from Forest Row to East Grinstead and a 200m swim at East Grinstead.

Many children from the school joined them for the football match and cycle ride and head teacher, Mrs Jane Cook cheered them on.

Will and Adam made their decision to act because they were worried about wildlife affected by the fires in Australia.

Football was one element in the Sportathon organised by Adam Spanek and Will Harding.

Their fund-raising page says it is impossible to estimate the number of native animals that have perished, how many more will be lost in the fires, or the impact that dire food and water shortages, as well as habitat loss caused by the fires and drought, will have on wild populations.

The appeal continues: “With species such as koala and grey-headed fying-foxes already listed as vulnerable to extinction, the additional loss of life caused by emergencies like fires and droughts is even more devastating.

Adam Spanek and Will Harding on their bikes.

“This donation will help fund the rescue and care of these animals, and help ensure future generations will get to see wildlife in the wild.”

The boys were proud of how much they raised and all the support from their friends, the school head teacher, village, and Le Tennis, Maresfield, who sponsored them.

Will’s mother Katie said they were: “Happy, proud, and exhausted.”

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