A Somerset schoolboy who grew up in Sydney has raised more than $9,000 for charities dealing with the Australian wildfires.
Adam Graham, of Millfield School, completed a 10km sponsored swim in order to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross, New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service.
He raised $9,655, which is $345 short of his $10,000 fundraising goal.
“I know many of the national park areas that have been worst affected,” said the year nine pupil.
It is my home-from-home and it breaks my heart to see the places I love burning to ash
“It is my home-from-home and it breaks my heart to see the places I love burning to ash,” he added. “It’s also about looking after our earth, which is important for every single one of us.
“It is the least I can do considering the fire fighters – mostly volunteers – who are putting their lives at risk to help others, along with all the other volunteer services offering essential support to families and wildlife.”
He is not alone in raising money following the devastation, with pupils from Millfield Prep contributing further funds from the sale of cupcakes.
The fundraising page is open until 29 February. To make a donation, click here.