- Actors, musicians and sports stars have announced ways they are supporting Australia’s bushfire relief efforts.
- Australian comedian Celeste Barber’s fundraising efforts on Facebook for the NSW Rural Fire Service has raised more than $30 million.
- Other stars such as Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Dami Im, Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios have all mentioned ways they are supporting bushfire victims.
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Celebrities and sports stars are chipping in to support the bushfire appeal.
The bushfires burning across New South Wales and Victoria have garnered international attention, with actors, sports stars and musicians calling attention to them social media and in some cases, pledging to support them.
Aussie comedian Celeste Barber raised more than $30 million through her facebook donations page.
At the time of writing, Facebook noted that more than 830,000 people donated to Celeste’s appeal. The fundraising page now has a goal to reach $35 million.
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Aussie power couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban said on Instagram they are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services and posted links to the respective websites:
Russell Crowe also showed his support, handing over 19 cheques worth $105,000 to RFS Captain John Lardner.
Singer Dami Im, winner of the fifth season of The X-Factor and a former Eurovision contestant, also took to Insta to share that she and her husband Noah donated $10,000 to the Australian Red Cross.
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Watching the news I've been feeling so helpless. Noah and I are giving our support through the Red Cross.. Let's pray for rain and healing on our land and continue our support wherever we can xxx Red Cross Aus @redcrossau The Salvation Army @salvosau Rural Fire Service @nswrfs
Aussie actor Dacre Montgomery, known for his role as Billy on Netflix’s “Stranger Things” set up a Go Fund Me page on behalf of the Australian Red Cross.
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12 hours, 20,000 donations and we’ve already raised 120K!! I cannot thank you all enough! I have now upped our target to 250K! This money IS helping. You ARE making a difference. Please, I urge everyone to continue to share this and the link (in my bio) to my GoFundMe. Australia NEEDS your help. @celestebarber has resided a staggering 8million dollars! Let’s all join the support effort. ???? @redcrossau
Sports stars have also pledged their support for the bushfire appeal.
On New Year’s Day, Nick Kyrgios called on Tennis Australia via Twitter to do an exhibition match before the upcoming Australian Open this month, to raise funds for bushfire victims. The following day, Kyrgios tweeted that he would donate $200 per ace he serves across all events he plays during the summer.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 2, 2020
Tennis Australia later followed through with the exhibition match and said it will be held at Rod Laver Arena on January 15 to raise funds for the bushfire relief efforts.
“It is heartbreaking to see the devastation the bushfires are wreaking across the country and to see so many people and communities suffering,” Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said in a statement.
“The Aces for Bushfire Relief initiative gives the tennis community the opportunity to galvanise our sport to support and raise much needed funds to help those who are most in need.”
World number 1 women’s tennis player Ash Barty said she would donate all of her prize money from the Brisbane International tennis tournament to the Red Cross’s bushfire appeal. If she wins the competition, prize money amounts to $383,000.
Barty’s announcement comes after she donated more than $30,000 last year to the RSPCA to support wildlife affected by the bushfires.
“There have been really great initiatives from cricketers, tennis players, golfers, soccer players all over the country trying to help out,” Barty said on Sunday, according to Brisbane International.
“We have come to the decision any of my prize money here in Brisbane will be donated to the (Australian) Red Cross to go towards the families and homes affected.”
NBL basketballer LaMelo Ball, from the Illawarra Hawks, said he would donate a month’s worth of his salary to help victims.
“It’s sad to see what is happening on the South Coast of Australia,” Ball said in a statement.
“People have lost their homes and everything they own. My parents taught me to help out wherever I can, so this is my way of helping out.
International celebrities have also announced their support for bushfire relief efforts. Singer Pink pledged to donate $500,000 to local 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
— P!nk (@Pink) January 4, 2020
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