These celebrities have pledged millions to Australian wildfire relief efforts
It might be hard to look past—hell, let alone even think—of anything besides what’s going on in our country right now, with our president stirring up deadly trouble overseas in Iran. But across the world, Australia has been facing an equally heartbreaking and terrifying catastrophe for months. Wildfires are raging across the country, with over 200 fires burning, and at least 24 people, and more than 480 million animals dead.
Thankfully, awareness of the disaster is finally reaching a point where we’re seeing legitimate resources going to relief efforts—like Rowing Blazers donating proceeds from its Australia rugby shirts to WIRES, Australia's largest wildlife rescue organization. But with arguably even more pull are the celebrities of the world, who have started donating significant amounts of money to relief efforts in Australia.
The donations started pouring in after Russell Crowe used his Golden Globes win to deliver a message about the tragedy. Jennifer Aniston read his statement at the awards show:
"Make no mistake. The tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy, and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is."
Here’s what other celebrities have been doing to aid with Australian wildfire relief. And if you'd like to give money to help the efforts in Australia the Australian Red Cross and the wildlife rescue organization WIRES are taking pledges.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Auctioning off her designer suit from the Golden Globes.
#Fleabag Best Actress Winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge is auctioning off the designer suit she wore to the #GoldenGlobes. Benefits will go toward relief in Australia. pic.twitter.com/OsMn9lVcY0— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) January 6, 2020
Chris Hemsworth: The Australian native pledged $1 million.
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Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia. My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated. In my bio I’ve added links to support the fire fighters, organisations and charities who are working flat out to provide support and relief during this devastating and challenging time. Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban: The couple, whose Australian home is in danger due to the fires, donated $500,000 to Rural Fire Services.
Metallica: Gave $500,000, which will benefit NSW Rural Fire Service and Victoria’s Country Fire Authority (CFA).
Elton John: Announced during his show on Tuesday that he’d pledge $1 million to Australia.
P!nk: Donated $500,000 to Australian fire services.
I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz pic.twitter.com/kyjDbhoXpp— Pnk (@Pink) January 4, 2020
Kylie Jenner: Gave $1 million following criticism of a social media post showing herself wearing Vuitton mink fur slippers. She announced her pledge in an Instagram Story.
Again, to give money to help the efforts in Australia the Australian Red Cross and the wildlife rescue organization WIRES are taking pledges.