Rally for bushfires

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Two of Queenstown’s best-known service clubs have been raising funds for Victorian bushfire victims.

Visiting Lions Club president Maryse Fernando from Wheelers Hill – a district affected by Australia’s worst bushfires – was bowled over to receive $A1000 ($NZ1250) for disaster relief from counterpart Wal Hayes on behalf of Queenstown Lions.

Quite coincidentally, Fernando’s husband Daya had left an answerphone message for local Lions contact Simon Hayes at the same time the Queenstown club was doing a whip-round to pass on to a Lions club in the affected areas.

Police have confirmed at least 200 people perished in the fires.

Rotarians collected more than $4000 outside Frankton’s New World supermarket last weekend for their ShelterBox appeal.

The club has sent over three disaster-survival ShelterBoxes already – boxes are $3000 a pop and provide shelter for 10 people with a large tent, sleeping bags, blankets, cooking materials and tool box. Queenstown Rotary is aiming to send 10 to Victoria.

The ShelterBox is on display at Frankton’s Grind Bar and Cafe this week and Rotarians continue their collection outside New World this weekend.