THE people of Burry Port are well known for their generosity in supporting causes. When the bicycle of a young man with Down Syndrome was stolen the community rallied to replace his bike within days. The local carnival raises funds for numerous causes and there are a large number of community groups in the town, who provide for the elderly and those with health issues.
It came as no surprise then when people began asking local councillors what could be done to help the people in Australia who had been affected by the wild fires in recent weeks, as this footage from 9 News in Australia shows.
Councillors Amanda Fox and John James told us that one resident, Sarah Marsh was really keen to help and from then on the community rallied round.
The three put their heads together and struck on the idea of a sponsored walk so that funds could be raised. Quite quickly others in the community began to join in and help. Local shopkeepers placed donation buckets in their premises.
Cllr Fox and Cllr James contacted the local schools who also agreed to join in the effort by organising their own fundraiser on Friday January 31st.
Speaking to Llanelli Online after the walk Cllr Fox said: “The turn out for the walk today was overwhelming and we would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts .
“The air was buzzing with community spirit. The rain held off and lots of 4 legged friends joined the walk.
“People of all ages took part, from little ones in pushchairs, teenagers and senior citizens.
“They all came together for a very worthy cause.
“We organised a raffle and as soon as all the collection buckets are in the money will be counted up and we will announce the grand total.”
The help is needed urgently in Australia so the county councillors are sending it through the Australian Embassy with the wish that it helps a community in Australia.
Photos and video: Peter A Tully