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Hunter’s Hill Council and Hunters Hill Public School have joined together in a show of support for bushfire-affected sister city Richmond Valley Council.

Students, from kindergarten through to year 6, wrote letters to their counterparts in the Northern Rivers region, which has lost about 50 homes in the recent NSW bushfires.

Hunters Hill students today (Friday December 6, 2019) presented Hunters Hill Mayor Mark Bennett with the letters that Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow will deliver to Rappville and Leeville public schools, located within his council area.

Clr Bennett said the letter exchange was an opportunity to show people in country areas that children in the city were thinking about them.

“They care about other students at the schools, who may have lost homes and property,” he said.

“It’s times like these when communities need to come together and support each other.”

Hunters Hill Public School principal Kim Dudgeon said it was an opportunity for students to reach out to children facing a difficult situation over Christmas and the holidays.

“The message to the children of the Richmond Valley is that they are not alone, that we are thinking of them,” she said.

It was a sentiment echoed in the students’ letters.

“I wrote Merry Christmas and we’re thinking of you through this hard time and I hope you and your family are OK and it will get better soon,” Year 4 student Charlotte said.

Year 2 student Bugsy said he was sorry that the bushfires burnt down houses and wished the Richmond Valley students a Merry Christmas.

Clr Mustow said it was lovely for the children in Richmond Valley to know they were being thought of.

He will deliver the letters before Christmas and organise replies from students in his region.

 

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