Horsham pool party makes waves for bushfire relief

HORSHAM Aquatic Centre hosted a bumper Australia Day pool party on Monday, raising more than $2000 for bushfire relief.

YMCA centre manager Steve Clark said he was delighted with the event's success.

"It was a sensational outcome. We had somewhere in the region of 400 children and of course their parents and guardians were here to oversee," he said.

"It was a great deal of fun."

With temperatures in the high 30s, fire-fighters were on hand to provide a variation on a summer backyard favourite.

"We had all sorts of activities, the CFA were out there spraying the young children in the outdoor pool like a garden sprinkler on a much, much bigger scale," Mr Clark said.

A brass 'supergroup' provided entertainment.

"A combined band of Horsham Brass Band, Stawell Brass Band and the Salvation Army Band had about 20 players strutting their stuff for an hour or so," Mr Clark said.

He said the involvement of Halls Gap Zoo, which had narrowly escaped the fire, proved a hit.

"They brought along a dingo a friendly one and an array of snakes," he said.

All money raised will be donated to the 2014 Wimmera Uniting Care bushfire relief appeal.

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