If you’re not aware, Australia is basically on fire right now. Yes, like all of it. It’s very scary. On Saturday, firefighters reported that several major fires converged into one, creating a blaze the size of Manhattan.
Just this week, it was reported by authorities that 24 people have been arrested and charged with lighting fires. Over 180 people in total have been fined or cited for various activities around the wildfires. To think something like this was intentional is mind-blowing.
Celebrities are hearing the call for action, and some are actually doing something. Here are the top celebrities that have made donations – big and small! – to relief efforts in Australia since the start of the wildfires.
Best known as the hunk who plays Thor (let’s pretend that Men in Black movie didn’t exist last year), Chris Hemsworth is from Melbourne, Australia, so it’s no surprise he jumped in to help.
On Instagram this week he shared that he and “his family” (his wife and kids? Liam? The third brother no one talks about who doesn’t look like either of the others, Luke?) have donated $1 million to relief funds.
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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.
He says in the description for the video that “every penny counts” and if you can donate, you should.
Let’s talk about the bad before we talk about the good, shall we? Kylie Jenner faced some serious backlash this week after posting on her Insta story about how sad it was that some estimates put the animal loss in Australia at over half a billion.
And it’s incredibly sad. Scientists think that this might be the last generation of koalas we get in the wild; that’s how bad it is.
Immediately after, though, she shared a picture of her Louis Vuitton slippers… which are made from real mink fur. You know, the animal?
Eat the rich pic.twitter.com/JSxdMTTY8h
— Hugh Thanasia (@Lithunium_Snow) January 5, 2020
Her hypocrisy went viral, and over a million people retweeted a very questionable tweet that did not show her sympathy. In response, Jenner donated $1 million to various relief organizations. She might have been shamed into making the donation, but that money is going to do a lot of good.
The Tiny Dancer singer has always supported a good cause, and closing his show in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday night this week he told the audience that he was going to donate $1 million to the relief efforts.
No snarky comments needed. This is just someone doing something good, and we love it.
Celeste Barber is a comedian that does skits on Instagram and other social media platforms.
This week, she launched a fundraiser on Facebook and used her internet presence to push recognition. That fundraiser is up to over $30 million, which is absolutely unreal.
She also shared a picture of her mother-in-law’s home, where outside the front windows all you can see is the orange, smoggy glow from the fires. Terrifying.
Can you believe this power duo has been together since 2006? Yeah, neither can we. Keith famously identifies as being from Australia, even though he was technically born in New Zealand, so it’s no wonder they donated.
Recent reports suggest the couple’s Australian home could be in the line of the wildfires, too.
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. – KU pic.twitter.com/9dLtNrFAne
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) January 4, 2020
Kidman and Urban have donated $500,000 to relief efforts so far, specifically sending their money to the Rural Fire Services.
Pink, 40, also got in on the donation train. She said that she was totally “devastated” seeing what was going on in Australia right now, according to an Insta post she made, and felt moved to do something.
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I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz ❤️
She and her hubby Carey Hart (also together since 2006, but that’s been a touch rockier) have donated $500,000 to relief efforts, and her post includes places that her fans can donate, too.
Minogue is originally from Australia, so we’re sure this hits close to home for her. She shared on Twitter how hard it was “going home” and seeing such devastation.
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. pic.twitter.com/5RWYZDQyBg
— Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) January 6, 2020
She and her sister, Danni Minogue (who hosts ‘Masked Singer Australia’), have donated a combined $500,000 to relief funds so far.
Remember the Irwins? Good old Steve Irwin, who ran a zoo and was crazy about animals? Despite his tragic loss (you guys, I’m still not over it), his wife Terri and their two children – Robert and Bindi – have continued his legacy at the zoo.
It is with a heavy heart that I must share, dear Blossom and her two babies did not survive. Their injuries were too extensive from the bushfire. They were comforted, given pain relief, and received the best medical treatment possible. Today has been tough. https://t.co/8nPKlKBp0x
— Terri Irwin (@TerriIrwin) January 3, 2020
Recently they shared that they have treated over 90,000 injured animals from the bushfires since this fire season started, and have no plans on stopping. Robert, 16, shared a photo of their 90,000th animal, while Terri shared the crushing news that not all of their furry friends will make it.
Despite the fact that I have a lot of feelings about Russell Crowe getting old and fat, he is trying to do some good. He had a property in Australia that was “scorched” in the fires, so obviously he feels strongly about it.
He auctioned off a South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league cap (he apparently owns them. I don’t follow rugby, I know nothing about these words) for $400,000, with all the money going to the relief efforts.
Shawn Mendes seems to be a nice kid, so it’s no surprise that he has donated to relief aid. Yesterday he shared on Twitter a picture of him feeding a kangaroo on a visit to Australia, and said he and the “Shawn Foundation” are making a donation to several relief efforts.
Every time I’ve been to Australia I’ve fallen more in love with the people & wildlife. 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. pic.twitter.com/gXVbzWVwsW
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) January 7, 2020
In his post, he shared various organizations that his followers can donate to.
Other celebs who have donated, but not shared their amount, include Busy Phillips, Hillary Duff and her hubby Matt, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, Cher, Kacey Musgraves, Naomi Watts, Selena Gomez and Halsey, who donated all of her earnings from a show to the fund.
These links above that celebs have shared, including the NSW Rural Fire Service, are all still accepting donations. The loss that Australia is experiencing right now is unreal, and these celebs are using their platforms and media attention for good.
It’s a nice change of pace.