SUDBURY -- For the first time in more than 240 days, the Australian state of New South Wales is officially free from bushfires, according to the area's fire service.

This news comes as students from Sudbury celebrate a successful fundraiser in support of the firefighting efforts.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, student senate members from all four Sudbury Catholic secondary schools helped wait tables at Tony V’s restaurant to raise funds.

A total of $1,220 was brought in, including $500 from the restaurant and $720 in cash donations.

In addition to cash donations, a percentage of proceeds from meal purchases will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal to provide food, clothing, essentials, and recovery support to individuals and families in need.