All the Celebs Who Have Donated to Australian Wildfire Relief

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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.

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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.

Chris Hemsworth & Family

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.

He says in the description for the video that “every penny counts” and if you can donate, you should.

Kylie Jenner

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?

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.

Elton John

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.

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No snarky comments needed. This is just someone doing something good, and we love it.

Celeste Barber

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.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

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.

Kidman and Urban have donated $500,000 to relief efforts so far, specifically sending their money to the Rural Fire Services.

Pink

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.

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.

Kylie Minogue

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.

She and her sister, Danni Minogue (who hosts ‘Masked Singer Australia’), have donated a combined $500,000 to relief funds so far.

The Irwins

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.

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.

Russell Crowe

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

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.

In his post, he shared various organizations that his followers can donate to.

Others Who Have Donated

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.