** Australian medics working in the UK raise money for bushfire relief
UNITED KINGDOM NEWS
** Australian paramedics working for the London Ambulance Service (LAS) have spearheaded a campaign to raise 7,000 pounds to aid in bushfire relief in their home country. The BBC (January 12) said the funds will be forwarded to the Australian Red Cross which has volunteers working in ravaged communities. According to the news site, nearly 25 % of LAS staff hail from down under due to a recruitment campaign targeting the country in recent years. To date, 27 people have died in the fires in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia. Some 2,000 homes and 640,000 hectares of land have been destroyed.