Sib­lings do a big bit to aid Aussies

The Timaru Herald - - Front Page - Rachael Comer

As bush­fires con­tinue to rage across Aus­tralia, three Te­muka sib­lings are do­ing their bit to help out those caught up in the blazes.

Jonathon, 7, Nikita, 11, and Abi­gail Mid­dle­ton, 10, have or­gan­ised a fundrais­ing garage sale, on Satur­day, with all money made go­ing to The Sal­va­tion Army Dis­as­ter Ap­peal.

What be­gan as a ques­tion from Nikita about what she could do to help Aus­tralians af­fected by the fires, has turned into a ma­jor com­mu­nity project with a garage full of do­nated items, mother Sarah Mid­dle­ton said.

‘‘It all came about last Wed­nes­day,’’ Sarah said.

‘‘Nikita and I had just had lunch and de­cided to see what was hap­pen­ing with the fires.

‘‘We saw how quite a few peo­ple had lost ev­ery­thing and then Nikita went off to her bed­room.

‘‘She went through to her sis­ter and brother’s rooms and then they all came through with an arm­ful of stuff they wanted to sell to make money to give to Aus­tralia.’’

Not know­ing where to do­nate the items to, Sarah put a post on so­cial me­dia ex­plain­ing the sit­u­a­tion and ask­ing where the chil­dren could give their toys away.

‘‘Peo­ple then started say­ing ‘I have this and that’.

‘‘On Wed­nes­day at lunch time we had noth­ing, then by Wed­nes­day night a garage full of stuff at our house and then by Thurs­day there was too much stuff for the house,’’ Sarah said.

Since then the Mid­dle­ton chil­dren have or­gan­ised the garage sale, to be held at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Te­muka.

‘‘They’ve or­gan­ised it all them­selves and I’ve got the venue or­gan­ised and will do some bak­ing to sell.

‘‘It’s been the kids that have done all this and it’s ab­so­lutely a com­mu­nity thing. The garage is full and stuff is still com­ing,’’ she said.

New World su­per­mar­ket has do­nated the bak­ing in­gre­di­ents, and Sarah has also set up an on­line fundrais­ing page.

The hall has also been given to the fundraiser with no hire fee, she said.

Sarah said she was proud of her chil­dren for or­gan­is­ing the event, de­scrib­ing them as ‘‘em­pa­thetic’’.

Any left­over items from the garage sale will be given to The Sal­va­tion Army.

The garage sale will run from 9am-12.30pm at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Te­muka..

JOHN BISSET/STUFF

The Mid­dle­ton fam­ily, from left, Jonathon 7, Nikita 11 and Abi­gail 10, of Te­muka, have or­gan­ised a garage sale to raise funds for the Aus­tralian bush­fire re­lief.

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