After Wunghnu Complex fire last month, Nathalia residents were all too ready to participate in National Red Balloon Day.TONI BRIENT March 5, 2014 4:20am
Sweet support: St Mary's of the Angels College deputy principal Kimberley Tempest samples the cakes at the school's cake stall fundraiser.
With the region still reeling from the Wunghnu Complex fire last month, Nathalia residents were all to ready to participate in National Red Balloon Day.
The celebration originated in Geelong, where residents tied a red balloon to their letterbox to show their appreciation for firefighters.
In Nathalia, the balloon to letterbox ratio was impressive.
Schools lined their fences with balloons, banners and artwork in honour of the local fireys.
Shopkeepers tied balloons to fences and pillars outside their shops.
The Blake St rotunda was barely visible behind decorations and the barbecue a group of residents organised.
St Mary of the Angels College deputy principal and Kimberley Tempest said the school’s student council had worked hard to organise a fundraiser at the school.
Students made gold coin donations to replace their school uniforms with red clothing, and purchased sweets for morning tea at the red-themed cake stall.
A student band entertained crowds at lunch time.
Ms Tempest said students were enthusiastic about the fundraiser after having a very real experience with bushfires last month.
‘‘We would have numbers of families affected by the Wunghnu (Complex) fire,’’ she said.
‘‘We had a couple of bus runs that we weren’t able to bring in that day, so the kids are more than happy to support the cause.’’
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