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SYDNEY, Jan 10 — Social media stars and sporting champions are splashing the cash for Australian bushfire relief efforts and urging fans to do the same.
Twenty-six people have died since the start of the disaster in September, more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed, and some 80,000 square kilometres has burned — an area roughly the size of Ireland or South Carolina.
Aussie A-listers donate
Australian Marvel actor Chris Hemsworth said he would donate A$1 million (RM2.81 million), singers Kylie and Danni Minogue pledged A$500,000 to the country’s rural firefighters, a donation matched by Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban.
Compatriots including Russell Crowe — who used his Golden Globe win to speak about the tragedy — and Rebel Wilson have pledged donations, with singer Dami Im also donating.
Serena plays for charity
Athletes like Lewis Hamilton, tennis players Ashleigh Barty, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, and cricketers — including Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell — offered to donate their winnings.
On Wednesday, organisers of the Australian Open said Roger Federer, Williams and Rafael Nadal will headline a charity match ahead of the tournament.
A$1m for ‘baggy green’
Many celebrities will auction clothes: Williams is donating a signed dress, while British actor and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge announced her Golden Globes suit would be auctioned off, and Shane Warne sold his baggy green cap to an anonymous bidder for A$1 million.
American stars — including Kylie Jenner, singers Pink, Lizzo, and Shawn Mendes, talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, and actor Patricia Arquette — all pledged to contribute to relief efforts.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental group, Earth Alliance, also said it was giving US$3 million (RM12.3 million).
Elton John announced during a performance on Tuesday he would donate US$1 million, and Metallica said they would give US$500,000 to the county’s fire service.
Celebrities such as Margot Robbie, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman, and Selena Gomez also announced they had donated but declined to state how much. — AFP