Western Sydney schools help fire victims

ABOUT 95 western Sydney schools raised more than $120,000 in the Bushfire Appeal for people who lost their homes in the recent bushfires.

They include nine schools in Blacktown, the Hills and Parramatta which raised more than $2000 each in one day of fund raising recently.

One of the highest fund raisers was Greystanes Public School at Merrylands Road which raised $2374.

School P&C spokeswoman Janelle Warner said its 723 students, their parents, teachers and staff raised the money in one day.

She said the students were asked to wear a red T-shirt and to donate a gold coin for fire victims in the school grounds.

"Their parents who came to pick them up also donated to the appeal," she said.

"We are very proud to have raised so much money on our first attempt to help people who have lost all their valuables and homes in the bushfires which destroyed more than 200 homes in NSW.

"We did a fantastic job! It's lovely to see community spirit is alive and well."

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