- Bushfires have been spreading across Australia since late 2019, destroying homes and killing billions of animals.
- Several celebrities have been donating to various organisations and encouraging fans to do the same.
- Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban pledged to donate $US500,000 to the Rural Fire Services.
- Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios vowed to donate $US200 per ace that he hits during his upcoming matches, and led other athletes to make similar pledges.
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Bushfires have been raging across Australia since late 2019, claiming at least 24 lives, destroying thousands of homes, and killing billions of animals.
Amid the devastation, celebrities have been using their platforms to spread awareness. Most recently, stars like Cate Blanchett and Ellen DeGeneres spoke about the bushfires during the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday. Actors, musicians, and athletes have all shared information regarding how you can donate money to relief efforts. They have also revealed the ways they’re helping to rebuild the country.
Keep reading to learn more about the celebrities who have contributed to relief efforts.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban pledged to donate $US500,000 to the Rural Fire Services.
“Our family’s support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia. We are donating $US500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now,” Kidman and Urban wrote on their Instagram accounts, sharing links to local fire services like Tasmania Fire Service and Western Australia.
As of early January 2019, the couple’s home “is under threat,” but hasn’t been affected by the fires.
Pink said that she was going to donate $US500,000 “directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the front lines.”
“I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $US500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the front lines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz,” the singer wrote on Twitter.
Rebel Wilson gave fans the chance to bid on a lunch with her, with the money from the auction going to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
The Australian “Cats” star attended a Magic Millions Polo event to raise money and said she was “very happy to auction up a lunch with me to support @nswrfs – thank you to all the generous winners!”
Hilary Duff said that she and her new husband, Matthew Koma, were “coming up with a number that we feel comfortable with to donate.”
The “Younger” star shared photos on her Instagram and said that she had “a strange feeling of guilt to be enjoying my honeymoon in South Africa” while fires were spreading across Australia.
“Homes burned, people displaced and unfortunately some lives lost. @Matthewkoma and I are coming up with a number that we feel comfortable with to donate and will keep you posted on that,” Duff wrote.
Ellen DeGeneres said that she donated to three organisations.
“It’s almost impossible to understand the size and destruction of the fires in Australia. Here are three organisations I’ve already donated to. I hope you’ll donate, too,” the comedian tweeted, tagging the NSW Rural Fire Service, the Australian Red Cross, and WIRES.
DeGeneres also set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $US5 million for relief.
Selena Gomez said that she was giving money to relief efforts, and urged followers to do the same.
“Absolutely devastated by the fires in Australia. Praying for everyone affected and all of the first responders. I’m making a donation and would love if you would consider doing the same if you can,” she tweeted, sharing a link explaining how people can help.
Kacey Musgraves said that she donated money after asking her Twitter followers about ways she could help.
“So incredibly saddened and disheartened by the fires in Australia (among other headlines.) Laying here feeling hopeless. The despair is overwhelming. How can I help?” the Grammy-winning singer tweeted.
“Fleabag’s” Phoebe Waller-Bridge will auction her 2020 Golden Globes suit to raise money for Australian bushfire relief.
In a press conference following the Golden Globes, Waller-Bridge confirmed that she would be working with Ralph & Russo, who designed her glamorous suit, to auction the outfit.
Singer JoJo Siwa spent time at a koala sanctuary in Australia and revealed that she’ll be accepting donations at her upcoming shows in the country to help relief efforts.
“With all the fires that are happening in Australia the animals hold a very special place in my heart❤️ I will be collecting donations at all of my shows in Australia help the victims of the fires, so please if you are coming to my show bring some spare change or whatever you can donate???????? Enjoy everyday because life can change in just 1 second,” Siwa, who has a few shows scheduled later in January, wrote on Instagram.
Siwa also donated $US100,000 to The Salvation Army Emergency Services and WIRE to “make a difference.”
“In my time being in Australia so far I can tell how everyone is so upset over what is happening to their beautiful country,” she said on Instagram.
Russell Crowe donated $US105,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service in November 2019.
The actor, who was born in New Zealand and grew up in Australia, shared a selfie in November 2019 and captioned the image: “So… delivered 19 cheques to RFS Captain John Lardner, a total of $US105k because I cant count apparently, haha all good @NSWRFS.”
Crowe was also a no-show at the Golden Globes because he was at his home in Australia with his family, but passed along a passionate acceptance speech, which presenter Jennifer Aniston read.
“Make no mistake the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-change based,” Crowe said. “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 that way we all have a future.”
Steve Irwin’s family saved 90,000 animals in Australia and treated them at their wildlife hospital in Queensland.
“With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much,” Bindi Irwin wrote on Instagram. “I wanted to let you know that we are SAFE. There are no fires near us @AustraliaZoo or our conservation properties. Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients.”
Irwin added she and her family have continued to honour their grandmother “by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can.”
Younger brother Robert Irwin shared a similar message on his Instagram, saying that he was “proud to be one of the many who are coming together to try to affect some positive change during this incredibly difficult time.”
He added: “We’re here to help where we can for wildlife and to treat the survivors. Again, my greatest thank you goes to Australia’s incredible firefighters. If there’s anyone who can band together and lend a hand in crisis, it’s Australians.”
Plenty of tennis players pledged money ahead of the Australian Open.
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios vowed to donate $US200 per ace that he hits during his upcoming matches.
Kyrgios, who will be competing in the upcoming Australian Open, revealed the pledge on Twitter in early January.
After a recent match, the athlete got choked up as he spoke about his donation to his home country.
“I don’t really care about the praise too much, I just think we’ve got the ability and the platform to do something like that,” he said.”Obviously my hometown’s Canberra and we’ve got the most toxic air in the world at the moment. It’s pretty sad. It’s tough.”
Kyrgios, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacki, and Stefanos Tsitsipas also took part in the exhibition match at Rod Laver Arena with Kyrgios, with money from ticket sales going to relief efforts. The event, called AO Rally for Relief, was part of the Aces for Bushfire Relief program and the athletes raised almost $US5 million.
In addition, world No.1 women’s tennis player Ash Barty also said that she’ll be donating all of her prize money from the Brisbane International tournament.
“I’ve been playing Australia for over 20 years and it’s been really hard for me to watch all the news and everything that’s been happening in Australia with all the fires and over a billion animals and people who have lost their homes,” Williams said. “So I decided that I would donate all my prize money for a great cause.”
Chris Hemsworth said that his family will be donating $US1 million to help his home country.
“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,” the actor, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, wrote.
Hemsworth also included links to various 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,” he added. “It really does make a difference, so dig deep!”
Sofia Carson, known for her role as Evie in Disney’s “Descendants” franchise, made a donation to the Australian Red Cross.
The actress wrote on Twitter: “(I just made a donation. Anything & everything will help) We are with you Australia. @RedCrossAU.”
“Stranger Things” star Dacre Montgomery created a GoFundMe fundraiser on behalf of the Australian Red Cross.
The actor, who was born in Perth, Australia, originally set the fundraiser’s target goal as $US250,000. After exceeding the goal, he increased the target to $US500,000 and thanked fans for contributing.
“I am beyond grateful to you all. Australia is beyond grateful to you all,” Montgomery wrote on Instagram.
He continued: “Thousands of people donated from all over the world and we have been able to pull together a huge amount in just 48 hours. This is just the BEGINNING. I’m raising the target to 500K in order to try and pull in more financial aid for the @redcrossau in order to help those effected by the bushfires. Australia needs your help!”
Shawn Mendes and his foundation are donating to three organisations and services.
“Every time I’ve been to Australia I’ve fallen more in love with the people & wildlife,” the singer wrote on Twitter, sharing a photo of himself feeding a kangaroo.
He continued: “Join me & support relief efforts for the devastating effects of the wildfires. The @shawnfoundation & I are making donations to @RedCrossAU, NSW Rural Fire Service & SA Country Fire Service.”
Kylie Jenner reportedly donated $US1 million to relief efforts.
Recently, the billionaire was called a hypocrite for wearing fur after she mourned animals dying in the Australian bushfires.
According to E! News, Jenner donated a large amount of money and was “already in the process of donating before the backlash started, and her intention was always to donate to the cause.”
While performing in Sydney, Australia, Elton John revealed that he’ll be donating $US1 million.
“We should all be in the awe of the work the firefighters are doing,” he said during the show. “There are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes, there are people who have lost their lives and their homes. And lastly, there’s the plight of the animals, a loss of their habitat that frankly is on a biblical scale and it’s heartbreaking.”
After saying that he’ll be giving money to relief, the singer added: “This is a magnificent country and I love it here, so much and to see what is happening here breaks my heart, so we have to come together, we have to fight and this is my bit towards it.”
Lizzo volunteered at Foodbank Victoria and helped package food hampers.
The singer is currently on tour and has dates in Australia in January, but she dedicated some time to assisting with relief efforts.
“Beautiful Lizzo stopped by our Foodbank Victoria warehouse today to thank our hardworking team and vollies who have been working tirelessly for the past 6 days,” the organisation wrote on social media, calling her a “star” who “even packed hampers for fire-affected regions.”
A volunteer named Emily, who met Lizzo, also told Insider that the “Good as Hell” singer “gave a little speech about how much she’s always wanted to come to Australia and was sad that this coincided with the trip, but then saw it as an opportunity to come and spread awareness and do what she can while she’s here.”
Comedian Celeste Barber’s Facebook received millions of dollars in donations in just a few days.
Barber’s fundraiser, benefitting the Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades Donations Fund, was created on January 2, 2020. As of January 8, more than one million people made donations and the fundraiser has raised more than $US32 million.
Barber also shared photos taken from her mother-in-law’s home, showing the blazing fires.
“It’s terrifying. They are scared. They need your help,” she captioned her Instagram post.
Australian singer Kylie Minogue and her family gave $US500,000 “towards the immediate firefighting efforts and the ongoing support.”
Minogue shared a photo of herself in Australia and wrote: “Last year I had the incredible opportunity of visiting some of the many beautiful places in my homeland for the first time. Returning home to such devastation throughout much of the country is heartbreaking.”
American comedian Nick Kroll and Australian actor Joel Edgerton teamed up to raise money for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.
Kroll, who’s starting his stand-up tour in Australia, shared a video with Edgerton on Twitter and said that he wanted to donate the fees from his shows in Sydney and Melbourne to relief efforts.
The two stars launched a campaign called #FightFireWithAFiver and encouraged fans to donate $US5 (or more) to “fight fire with a fiver.”
“The rural firefighters are putting their lives aside and their lives on the line in order to combat this,” Edgerton said. “And these guys are doing an incredible job.”
Kroll added: “People don’t know that they’re all volunteers, that they’re not getting paid to do this, that they’re leaving their regular jobs to do this, to fight these fires, which are raging all over Australia.”
Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental group, Earth Alliance, pledged $US3 million through a new initiative called the Australia Wildlife Fund.
Earth Alliance was cofounded by DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth in 2019. They launched the Australia Wildlife Fund “to assist critical firefighting efforts, aid local communities most affected by the wildfires, enable wildlife rescue and recovery, and support the long term restoration of unique ecosystems” with several partners.
Metallica pledged $US750,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Country Fire Authority in Victoria.
“We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria,” the band said via their Twitter account. “The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia is truly heartbreaking.”
The group went on to reveal their contribution and share information about each of the services and foundations mentioned.
“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” star Luke Cook created a GoFundMe that raised $US30,000 for the Australian Red Cross.
The Australian actor also offered a few incentives for people who gave a large amount of money to the cause, like a softball jersey signed by the cast and “CAOS” scripts also containing signatures from the actors.
“Pretty Little Liars” star Keegan Allen worked with video-sharing company Cameo to create personalised videos for fans, with the proceeds going to relief efforts.
“I’ve teamed up with @cameo and @wireswildliferescue to help Australia’s wildlife impacted by the bushfires,” Allen wrote on Instagram. “Request a personalised video from me before 1/17 and a percentage of the proceeds will go to WIRES. #CameosForAustralia.”
“Harry Potter” star Evanna Lynch and “Victorious” actress Daniella Monet used their Kinder Beauty subscription boxes to raise money.
The two stars cofounded the vegan and cruelty-free beauty box subscription in 2018.
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