As catastrophic bushfires continue to devastate vast areas of Australia, celebrities are taking to social media to urge fans to donate to local firefighting services.
Singer Pink who has toured extensively in Australia, took to social media to share that she had donated $500,000 directly to local state fire services.
“I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires,” she wrote on Twitter and Instagram.
Australian comedian Celeste Barber, who boats 6.5million followers on Instagram, has used her social media platforms to raise more than $22 million for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.
Taking to Instagram, she shared a picture of her mother-in-law’s house, surrounded by an orange sky. “It’s terrifying,” she wrote. “They are scared. They need your help. International donations can be made via the link in my bio.”
Actress Nicole Kidman who grew up in Sydney, also shared that she was pledging $500,000 to help firefighting services trying to combat the bushfires.
“Our family’s support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia. We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now,” she captioned the post.
Selena Gomez is also lending her influence to the cause, and took to Twitter to share that she would be making a donation, and urged her followers to do the same.
Meanwhile, actress Naomi Watts used her Instagram account to draw attention to the devastation to wildlife, posting a video of birds chirping in the trees in Byron Bay.
“So much wildlife already lost. And still much of the summer ahead. My heart goes out to those who’ve lost loved ones and homes. Big gratitude to the brave firemen who literally haven’t stopped during the holidays!! Heartbroken for all the animals, plants and land,” she captioned the post.
It is estimated that 24 people and half a billion animals have lost their lives, millions of acres of land have been destroyed, and thousands of people have lost their homes since the bushfires started burning in Australia in September 2019.