All it took was a bright idea, some fairy bread, a sausage sizzle and shoulder massages for these girls to make a difference.
The four friends – Jessica Eddy, nine, of Crookwell, Jordan Delaney, eight, of Wagga Wagga, Kacee Day, 10, of Nowra, and Payton White, six, of Sanctuary Point – banded together at their campground to raise money for bushfire victims.
Their families meet at Nelligen every January to camp and this year the girls came up with an idea on how they could help families who had lost their homes in bushfires.
“We just thought of it and thought people had lost their houses,” Kacee said.
The girls said fires were scary because “of the danger”.
“You don’t know what could happen, it could come near your house,” Kacee said.
“It could burn you,” Jessica added.
To raise money, the girls used what they had at the campsite.
“We had fairy bread and we handed out some drinks and lollies and a sausage sizzle and we had a raffle,” Jordan said.
The girls sold pieces of fairy bread for 20 cents and offered raffle prizes including shoulder massages, nail painting and cups of coffee.
They set up stalls in front of their camp sites and called their event the “big day out”.
Mum Sandie Day said the girls had seen the news and their family had driven down the highway where the Wandandian fire burnt through bush.
“They had a club meeting and came up with the idea,” Ms Day said.
“It’s great they are thinking of other people.
“Kacee and Jess were saying they were sad some of the kids lost their presents at Christmas. I think that’s what sparked it.”
On Monday they went to Batemans Bay Fire Station to hand over the $48 to help the bushfire victims.
Station officer Phillip Eberle said he was surprised to find the girls at the station’s front door and said it was “really nice” they became involved in the community appeal all on their own accord.
The girls handed over their money to the South Coast Red Cross’s Pam Hamory, who asked the girls why they raised money, so she could pass it on to the right appeal.
The girls said they wanted it to go to bushfire victims, and Ms Hamory said she would check with head office to find the best appeal.