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Cornish schoolboy swims to save bush fire koalas

Cornish schoolboy swims to save bush fire koalas

Published by Emma Carton at 8:43am 21st January 2020. (Updated at 9:02am 21st January 2020)

Meet the schoolboy from Newquay - swimming to save Australia's bush fire koalas.

Harry Selby has been training for his 50m test at his local surf lifesaving club.

Now the six-year-old is Crowdfunding for a 500m challenge to help those left injured and homeless.

Thousands of the maruspials, that are Harry's favourite, have been killed or left with nowehere to go.

Harry Selby and Koalas
Newquay schoolboy Harry Selby is taking on a big swim challenge to save the bush fire koalas in Australia


Speaking to Pirate FM ahead of his sponsored swim at the end of January, Harry had this plea for help.

"I really like koalas because they're really cute and cuddly.

"I want to raise money for them because the trees are burning down in Australia and they are losing their homes and food.

"I've decided to do 500m for them because they've been caught in the bush fires and there's only been one water station made".

Harry Selby

Harry Selby and Koalas
Six-year-old Harry has been training for his 50m surf lifesaving test but is now taking on a 500m sponsored swim


How can I help Harry to help the koalas?

Harry's family have set up a Just Giving page for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, to help all the koalas affected in the Australian bush fires.

The youngster is hoping to raise £250 and his online target already stands at an impressive £160: Read more and donate.

"Harry is six years old and his absolute favourite animal (along with penguins) is the koala. 

"He has been really sad to see all the images of the bush fires in Australia and especially seeing all the injured koalas needing rescuing and caring for.

"After initially asking if he could send his christmas money to the Koala hospital in Port Macquarie he then decided he could do a sponsored swim to raise as much money as he could.

"Harry has recently been practising his distance swimming to pass a 50m test for his Surf Life Saving club but has decided he's going to try and swim 500 metres! 

"This is going to be a huge challenge for him but before the end of January he is determined his going to complete it so any amount that you could donate to encourage Harry will be massively appreciated by us and the Koala Hospital".

Just Giving Page

Watch the moment Harry received a special surprise on Pirate FM's Neil and Lucy at Breakfast...

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