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Half-marathon walk for Australia

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AN AUSTRALIAN citizen who spent some of her formative years growing up in the country will walk a half-marathon on Saturday in full firefighter’s uniform to raise money for humanitarian and wildlife charities.

Tyler Thorne in full firefighting uniform provided by the Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service. Image provided by Tyler Thorne. (27167024) Image taken by the Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service Media Liaison.

The challenge is designed to recognise the struggle of firefighters tackling the wildfires, people who have lost homes, and animals that have lost habitats.

Starting at 8am, Tyler Thorne will walk approximately 15.4 miles, or 24.7km from Portelet to St Peter Port.

It is predicted it will take hundreds of years for the country to recover from this disaster, said Ms Thorne, which is why she wanted to help.

‘Although recent cooler conditions and rain have brought some relief, more than 30 fires are still burning.’

Half of the donations will go toward humanitarian aid and half toward wildlife restoration.

Ms Thorne will wear fire retardant trousers and jacket, a helmet with chin strap and a self-contained breathing apparatus cylinder.

‘The country is still in the midst of the summer months, therefore more heat and windy conditions are forecast,’ Ms Thorne said.

‘I spent eight of my formative years growing up in Australia and as an Australian citizen, this is a cause very close to my heart.’

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The route follows main roads. Donations are requested to support charities on the bushfire front lines.

‘The fire station has a donation bucket if anyone would like to drop off cash donations,’ Ms Thorne said.

‘So far we have a collective total of over £1,500. With the current exchange rate each charity is likely to receive over A$1,400 each.’

Fundraising will go towards humans, animals, and nature affected by the fires.

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‘People all over the world have been extremely generous during this crucial time in Australia. I have selected two charities that have had slightly less public awareness,’ Ms Thorne said.

Half of any donations will go to the Australian Rotary National Bushfires Appeal, supporting families who have lost homes, communities, friends and family members. The other 50% will go to WWF Australia, rehabilitating wildlife and restoring natural habitats affected by the bushfires.

To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tylerthorne or the fire station to drop off cash.

Emily Hubert

By Emily Hubert
News reporter

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