On Sunday 16 February, local yoga teacher Meg Thompson hosted a special charity yoga class at Millais School to raise vital funds for Australian Bushfire Relief (in conjunction with The Salvation Army).
Meg welcomed approximately 85 yoga enthusiasts – of all abilities and ranging in age from five to 70 – for an hour long practice, with donations reaching over £1,031.25 (and counting) for the Australian Bushfire Relief charity.
Meg – owner of the Yoga with Meg network, which offers weekly yoga classes in Warnham, Horsham, Worthing and Littlehampton – has now hosted six yoga fundraisers, with previous charities including Streetlight UK, MIND, Help Refugees, Raleigh International and Ourmala.
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Services teams, recovery workers and financial counsellors have been active at various sites across Australia, assisting thousands of people every day. The organisation recognises that there is no ‘quick fix’ after a devastating disaster – it can take a long time for communities to recover – so support includes financial assistance, emotional support and referrals.
Meg Thompson, owner of Yoga with Meg, commented: “Although our media is awash with ‘new’ news stories, Australia is still in turmoil. Even though heavy rains have extinguished the bulk of the fires, huge relief efforts are still needed to address the colossal damage.
“It’s just tragic to think about the impact of the rampant fires on people, animals, homes and habitats. The fires are believed to have claimed at least 33 lives and researchers estimate that over a billion animals have now perished, with some species being at risk of extinction. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and an area the size of England – more than 11 million hectares – has been damaged. This is life-changing stuff – it will take a long time for Australia to recover.
“I chose the Salvation Army’s Australian Bushfire Relief as their teams are providing ongoing support – whether that’s immediate relief for firefighters, emergency workers and evacuees with meals, bedding and care packs, or longer-term with cash grants and emotional support.
“With a week to go before the class, our booking app was showing that we had nearly 100 attendees and I was so pleased that we had nearly a full house of dedicated yogis on the day – especially after Storm Dennis! The theme of our practice was kindness and healing, towards ourselves and others.
“I’m delighted that we’ve raised over £1,030.00, with some contributions still coming in via our JustGiving page! Thank you, once again, to all those who came along and contributed so generously to the work of this charity – it’s always so touching, teaching a roomful of people who are there to support a good cause.”
To donate to Yoga with Meg’s Australian Bushfire Relief fundraising total, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/yogawithmegcharity
For more information about Australian Bushfire Relief, please visit: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/donate/make-a-donation/donate-online/?appeal=disasterappeal