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Tasmanian Hawk Grant Birchall

NORTH MELBOURNE and Hawthorn have further demonstrated their commitment to Tasmania by giving support to those devastated by the bushfires there earlier this week.

The Kangaroos announced on Thursday that they would join forces with AFL Tasmania to assist with the rebuilding of the Dunalley Primary School, which was burnt down in a fire that also resulted in 65 homes being destroyed in the area.

North's first-year players will be in Tasmania next week for a training camp and will take part in relief efforts while there.

Dunalley is located about 65km from Hobart, where the Kangaroos play two home games a year at Blundstone Arena.   

Earlier this week the Hawks announced a $10,000 donation to the Red Cross Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal.

The Hawks play four home games and a NAB Cup game at Launceston's Aurora Stadium every year and also hold their community camp in Tasmania each February.

They have committed to using some of their time there next month to work with the community and assist with relief efforts.

AFL Tasmania general manager Scott Wade said the state's football community would look to assist in whichever way it could.

"Over the next few weeks, Tasmanian football competitions and clubs will kick-off again after a short break during the Christmas and New Year period and AFL Tasmania will engage the broad support of our local football community," he said.

It appears that no football clubs in Tasmania suffered any damage as a result of the bushfires.