On Feb. 24, Olivia and Connor Holland, two Warwick Valley Middle School Students, hosted a fund-raising event at Halligan’s Public House to benefit the World Wildlife Foundation - Australia.
From 5:30 to 9 p.m., 10 percent of each family’s dinner bill was donated to the WWF - Australia, which helps recover and care for injured animals and helps to restore their habitat.
Since September, more than 17. 9 million acres of land were burned in the Australian bush fires and an estimated 1.25 billion animals have been killed. Almost a third of the Koalas have been killed and at least a third of their habitats have been destroyed.
“We want to thank all our friends, teachers, principals and community members for coming to Halligan’s Monday night," Olivia and Connor said in the press release detailing the success of their efforts. "We also want to thank the owners of Halligan’s Public House: Brian Smith and Rich Bailey for generously donating $450 to the WWF - Australia.”
Olivia and Connor also sold Koala bear pencils, T-shirts they designed and accepted donations throughout the week. In total, the students were able to donate $1,400 to the WWF - Australia.
For more information on the World Wildlife Foundation-Australia or to make a donation visit www.wwf.org.au.