Sharneece Joyce goes door-to-door in Dargaville, securing support for her planned swim-a-thon appeal for Australia’s fire victims

Making a splash for fire appeal

by Andy Bryenton

When Dargaville resident Sharneece Joyce was confronted with images of the devastation left in the wake of Australia’s bushfires, she, like many of us, wondered what to do to help. The answer has become a plan of action involving many supporters and organisations around town.

“I had been watching the live coverage of the fires, and the loss was quite emotional. The people and the animals who have lost everything; it made me determined to do something positive.”

Sharneece, who had worked as a lifeguard at Dargaville’s Kauri Coast swimming pools, contacted pool manager James and began to form a plan with like-minded locals who pledged their assistance via social media.

On Australia Day, January 26, the Kauri Coast Community Pool will host a combined swim-a-thon, bake sale, sausage sizzle and family fun day, with the opportunity to swim laps sponsored by friends, co-workers and family.

Every dollar will go toward the Salvation Army’s disaster appeal on the ground in Australia, or to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue operation.

Sharneece has been visiting local businesses for support and encourages sports teams, clubs, workplaces and groups to field a sponsored team and give generously.

There’s also the option to donate baking to the bake sale, or to come along and put a coin in the bucket for this trans-Tasman mission of mercy. Those who would like to give their time, talent or donations are encouraged to email nzevents@hotmail.com to talk with Sharneece directly.