This year’s bushfires in Australia have been particularly catastrophic, with more than 20 people and over half a billion animals killed. Millions of acres of land have been burnt and the images have been harrowing.
And while bushfires are common in the region, this year’s have been worse than regular because of the severe weather conditions.
However, it is very reassuring to see people from across the world are chipping in and doing their bit to donate towards this cause.
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, on Instagram, recently shared that he and his family had raised a million dollars to provide support and relief to those affected. He also encouraged his followers to chip in and do their bit.
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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.
Meanwhile, Australian-American actress Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban have pledged $500,000 to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Kidman also shared a list of local state fire services that are accepting donations. Singers Pink and Kylie Minogue have also pledged $500,000 each to the cause.
However, it is not just artists but also sportspersons that are contributing generously.
Earlier, tennis player Nick Kyrgios led the support efforts by urging Tennis Australia to raise funds by holding an exhibition match. The match would be held on 15th January at Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Arena.
He also pledged $200 for every ace that he hit at the upcoming tournaments. And this caused a host of other tennis stars such as Alex de Minaur, Samantha Stosur, and John Millman to follow suit – they would contribute for every ace that they hit.
Australian tennis ace Ashley Barty has pledged all the prize money that she would earn from the Brisbane International towards the relief efforts. Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic have also each pledged 25,000 AUD towards the cause.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 6, 2020
Meanwhile, Australian cricketers Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn have pledged $250 towards relief efforts for every six that they hit at the Big Bash League, which is Australia’s professional Twenty20 competition.
The Irwin family, which operates the Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital, has also treated thousands of animals that have been impacted by these fires.
Isn’t it heartening to see the entire world come together in these times of distress? What do you think? Do let us know your views in the comments section below.1