Fund-raiser Gabriella receives letter off thanks from Australia

A Sandbach girl received a letter from Down Under this week on behalf of “the children who lost everything” in the Australian wildfires.
Gabriella Martone, (8), was “thrilled” to read the letter from Australia that was also addressed to her fellow pupils, teachers and parents of St John’s Primary School in Sandbach.
Gabriella had spearheaded a fundraising campaign for a school in the state of Victoria destroyed by the devastating wildfires.   
Chris Hudson, who lives in New South Wales and has been affected by the smoke and ash from the infernos, said in his letter: “To know that children like you and your friends on the other side of the world are thinking about us makes us all feel very special indeed.
“Caring for others when they have lost everything in bush fires is a huge part of humanity and to see this happen by people so young as yourselves on the other side of the world gives all humanity hope for the future.”
The Chronicle reported last month how Gabriella was “desperate” to help raise funds after mum Karen Martone told her about Clifton Creek Primary School in Victoria that had burned to the ground. 
Gabriella said: “When mum told me about a school that had burned to the ground by lots of fire, I felt very sad. If it had happened to my school, I’d be very sad, so I told my mum I wanted to do a Clifton Creek Happy Day.”
The Happy Day, held at the school last month, was organised by Mrs Martone with the school and raised more than £1,500. A fundraising page for the school is still active and has raised more than £8,000.
A woman who came to the fundraising day contacted Mr Hudson, a relative living in Australia, to tell him about the work the young students had been doing to help.
Mr Hudson’s letter added: “We wake up every morning with ash dust and smoke in the air and our eyes are constantly stinging and watering. Breathing can be difficult when it is at its worse. People with asthma suffer everyday. As I write much needed rain has arrived, the first we have had this year and it is still needed to end the drought we are in.
“On behalf of my fellow Australians, I would like to thank you and your school from the bottom of our hearts for such a generous donation. You have made a huge difference for so many Australian children who lost everything and have had to start their lives all over again.”
The full version can be read in the letters pages of today’s (Thursday) edition.