Hollywood And Local Celebs Rally For Support For Australia—Here's How To Help
We've prayed for rain, we've hoped for safety, we've begged for a miracle—but we must act concretely, too. Learn which stars have supported Australians during this tragedy and how you, too, can play an important role in this critical time
There's no time to waste, so we'll cut to the chase.
International donors, including Filipinos, can choose from the following organizations to donate to in order to help Australia fight—and recover from—the devastating wildfires currently wrecking havoc on the country. The organizations have different beneficiaries ranging from firefighters, displaced families, zoos and animal shelters, conservation programs and institutions, as well as medical service providers.
Hollywood celebrities and Australian stars have been leading the initiative to raise financial aid for those in dire need of it and have used their social media presence to share how others can help, in the ways that they can.
Below is a gallery of A-list names who have spread the message or have made donations, as well as informative and comprehensive posts on the organizations accepting international donations.
Warning: Some of the images below depict people and animals affected by the fires and may be distressing to some readers.
To sum up the damage that the fires have caused as of this writing, it is estimated that:
- Almost 2,000 homes have been burned to the ground and more than 600 badly damaged.
- 30 percent of Australia's koala population has been wiped out since the bushfires began in September.
- More so, almost half a billion animals in affected regions have met the same fate as the koalas.
- Close to 3,000 firefighters—many of whom are unpaid volunteers that have worked nonstop over the holidays—are deployed to put out the fires around the country.
- 6.3 million acres and counting of land have been incinerated, rendering land uninhabitable by both humans and animals and which will require years, possibly decades, to re-cultivate.
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My home is on fire! My country is burning! Australia is in a state of emergency! We are experiencing unprecedented heat and catastrophic bushfires sweep across the nation, with today’s forecast to be the worst so far, and the fire season is only just beginning... The damage caused so far devastates me to my core: - 14.5 million acres of land has been lost. That’s six times more than the Amazon fires in 2019. - Half a billion animals have been burnt alive, with fears some species of animals and natives have been wiped out completely. - 20 people have died, many more are missing and the death toll estimated to rise. - 8,000 koalas have died and are now declared “functionally extinct”. - 1,500 homes have been lost, with tens of thousands of people being evacuated and entire towns fleeing for shelter on the beach or on boats. - Canberra experienced the worst air quality in the world partly from a cloud of smoke as large as Europe. We are experiencing a national crisis, and it is only going to get worse. Right now we need a miracle to stop these fires, with no rain or relief in sight. Our firefighters are VOLUNTEERS, taking time off from their paying jobs to put their lives on the line for us. Please help & donate to these charities (LINK IN BIO) & if you can’t donate, please share: - @NSWRFS: to help the volunteer firefighters battling on the frontline. - @WIRESWILDLIFERESCUE: to help the wildlife victims. - @REDCROSSAU: to help with disaster relief and emergency assistance for communities in danger. - @SALVOSAU: to help families & communities affected by the fires. #prayforaustralia #fightfirewithafiver #climatechangeisreal 💔
Making matters worse are also the accusation that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been missing in action in this tragedy, that arson is being investigated as some have discovered that many fires were purposely started by ill-intentioned groups, and that overall, there are still those who have been labeled as "climate change-deniers" that fail to make the connection between this tragedy and man-aggravated effects of global warming.
We've prayed for rain, we've hoped for safety, we've begged for a miracle—but we must act concretely, too. Learn which stars have supported Australians during this tragedy and how you can also play a part in the effort to respond to their needs in this critical time
- We've prayed for rain, we've hoped for safety, we've begged for a miracle—but we must act concretely, too. Learn which stars have supported Australians during this tragedy and how you can also play a part in the effort to respond to their needs in this critical time
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray
Jonathan Van Ness
Senator Bernie Sanders
Nicole Warne, or Gary Pepper Girl
Photos from @catriona_gray @thehughjackman @nicolekidman @kimcamjones @pink @jvn @selenagomez @russellcrowe @thereallukeevans @naomiwatts @joeledgerton @rebelwilson @sharonstone @leonardodicaprio @hilaryduff @theellenshow @berniesanders @margotrobbie @guardianaustralia @annecurtissmith @nicolewarne