Kids’ koala fundraiser raises £240 for Australian wildlife harmed by climate-fuelled bushfires

PUBLISHED: 10:26 26 February 2020 | UPDATED: 13:11 28 February 2020

Flo Southwood, Ayla Venditti and Joe Southwood who raised £240 for koalas. Picture: Lucy Griffiths

Flo Southwood, Ayla Venditti and Joe Southwood who raised £240 for koalas. Picture: Lucy Griffiths

Pat Venditti

Three youngsters have raised £240 for koalas caught up in the Australian bushfires at a themed fundraiser with koala t-shirts, cakes and tattoos.

Ayla Venditti, 11, Joe Southwood, 9 and his twin sister Flo from Rhodes Avenue Primary School in Muswell Hill spent weeks preparing for the event.

They made bookmarks, framed koala-character collages, clay figures and jewellery beforehand and on the day they printed T-shirts, applied temporary koala tattoos, and supplied koala colouring-in pictures. Friends and neighbours contributed cakes and even a crocheted koala.

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"We wanted to raise money for the poor koalas who are the innocent victims of climate change in Australia," said Ayla.

"All the crafts, activities and sweet treats were offered for a donation to the cause and in just three hours and thanks to the generosity of the 35 visitors, the Rhodes kids made an incredible £240.40," added Ayla's mum, Louise Molloy.

The money has been sent to the Australian Wildlife Fund for its koala rehabilitation programme.

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