Lanterns, letters for Australian bushfire victims

Members of the Club Wyndham Denarau Island hold cards and letters they will send to victims of the devastating Australia bushfire. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE kids’ club at Club Wyndham Denarau Island has teamed up with schoolchildren in Australia to create solar lanterns and letters of hope for families affected by the devastating Australian bushfires.

The club stated the Lantern Initiative, spearheaded by Reach 4 Your Future Foundation (R4YFF), aimed to provide solar lanterns to selected Australian communities that continued to face electricity shortages.

The group invited young learners from six schools that offer science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classes across Victoria to create the lanterns, while children of Club Wyndham owners, staying at the resort, created handwritten cards with messages of hope.

General manager of Club Wyndham Denarau Island, Kaydee George said the overwhelming and devastating impacts of the recent bushfires made some children feel anxious, sad or scared.

“Hard-hit areas will take more time to recover and rebuild homes and livelihood, so we thought a simple pick-me-up greeting card would send a message of support to those affected by the fires,” Ms George said.

“With the help of our resort staff, children at our kids’ club have created more than 30 cards so far, which will be delivered to selected communities.

“We hope these messages bring encouragement to kids as they go back to schools and their regular day-to-day lives.”

The solar lanterns — which double as chargers for mobile phones — and the cards would be sent to Australian communities identified by members of emergency services group, and delivery would be arranged by the R4YFF team.

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