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Schapelle Corby's gesture as bushfires threaten to flare back up

por Selene Glossop (2020-05-12)


Schapelle Corby has joined the long list of public figures donating to bushfire appeals, as blazes threaten to flare back up this week.

The convicted drug trafficker, 42, took to Instagram to advertise a resin art wall clock she made herself out of recycled wood.

'100% of funds go to emergency fund for Wildlife @wireswildliferescue,' she wrote, along with a photo of the beach-themed quartz clock.   

'This is the first ever that I've made. I don't have much else & like everyone my heart aches for Australia,' she added.






Schapelle Corby is selling a resin art wall clock she made herself out of recycled wood, with all profits going towards Wires Wildlife Rescue 







Corby said the eBay auction will last for seven days, with the handmade clock going to the highest bidder


Corby said the eBay auction will last for seven days, with the handmade clock going to the highest bidder.

By Tuesday morning, the eco-friendly clock already had 37 bids, with the highest standing at $730.

Corby was praised by her 167,000 Instagram followers for the 'kind gesture'.

'Its beautiful Schapelle! You're a legend, I hope it sells for heaps,' one follower wrote.

'What a great idea! Gorgeous clock, good for you Schapelle,' wrote another.

In 2005, Corby was sentenced to 20 years in Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison after 4.2kg of Marijuana was found in her boogie-board bag at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

After a series of sentence reductions, Corby was released on parole in February 2014 after nine years behind bars.






















The convicted drug smuggler was praised by her 167,000 Instagram followers for the kind gesture














She she was deported back to Australia in May 2017 after living in Bali for three years, amid a media frenzy.

Corby is in a long-term relationship with Ben Panangian, 38, an Indonesian surfer she first met at a church service at Kerobokan Prison in 2006. 

There have been 25 deaths this bushfire season and more than 1,600 homes have been lost, with almost six million hectares across Australia burnt, which is about the size of the Republic of Ireland. 






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All emergency bushfire warnings in Victoria have been downgraded after rainfall provided some respite, but conditions are expected to deteriorate again on Friday. 

There are still 15 'watch and act' warnings' in Victoria and Zapatos fabricados en Chile emergency supplies are being flown into the state's 18 cut-off communities.

There are around 300 people waiting to be evacuated from the coastal town of Mallacoota where aircraft have been grounded by smoke.

South Australia's tourist hotspot Kangaroo Island is host to one of more than 100 fires still burning across the country.  






Bushfire conditions in Victoria are expected to deteriorate again on Friday. Pictured: East Gippsland over the weekend 







There have been 25 deaths this bushfire season and more than 1600 homes have been lost. Pictured: Gospers Mountain fire near the New South Wales central coast





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In an unprecedented move, almost 500 Army reservists have been called to help in the bushfire response and that number could reach 3000.

A smoke haze sits above Melbourne and Canberra - which recorded the worst air quality of any major city in the world on Monday - and the smoke has even made its way to New Zealand.

Some estimates suggest 500 million animals have died in the fires.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged to spend whatever amount necessary to get Australians 'back on their feet' after announcing a $2 billion relief package on Monday.