Chris Hemsworth Is Donating £520k To Help Fight Aussie Wildfires
Chris Hemsworth has taken to social media to reveal he and his family have donated $1M AUD (the equivalent of £520,000) to a selection of organisations supporting those affected by the Australian wildfires.
In a video posted on his Instagram, the Aussie actor, 36, urged followers to "dig deep" and said "every penny counts" in the fight against the unprecedented fires that have been devastating Australia since September.
Captioning the video, Chris wrote: "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."
View this post on InstagramHi 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.
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The Thor actor linked followers to several charities and organisations via his bio, adding: "Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya."
Chris, whose brother Liam Hemsworth also reposted the video, isn't the only celebrity to have donated an incredible amount of money to the cause.
Elton John has pledged $1 million, while earlier this week, Kylie Minogue revealed she had donated $500,000 AUD (£261,000) to a selection of charities, too.
She reminded fans: "Big or small, from near or far, any support will help those affected by the devastating bushfires."
View this post on InstagramLast 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. As a family, we've donated $500,000 towards the immediate firefighting efforts and the ongoing support which will be required. Big or small, from near or far, any support will help those affected by the devastating bushfires. With love, The Minogue Family. @redcrossau @nswrfs @cfavic @sa_countryfireservice @wireswildliferescue #Australia
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Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman along with husband, Keith Urban have pledged $500,000 (AUD) towards the emergency services.
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Pop star Pink also announced to Twitter followers she had donated $500,000 (USD) - which is the equivalent of £381,000 - to local fire services who have been working tirelessly to battle the fires.
She explained she was "totally devastated" by what was happening in Australia and said her heart went out to "friends and family in Oz."
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 :heart: pic.twitter.com/kyjDbhoXpp
- P!nk (@Pink) January 4, 2020
It's also thought Kim Kardashian has donated to the cause, after hitting out at a fan who accused her of "not donating a penny".
Taking to Twitter to address the now deleted tweet, she wrote: "Nothing gets me more heated than to see people think they know what we donated to and to think we have to publicise everything."
Meanwhile, sister Khloe Kardashian tweeted: "Good deeds should be done with intention and not for attention.
"We are all blessed to be able to bless others even if it is in the slightest way. But we do not need to be boastful about that.
"Be boastful in regards to teaching others how they may be able to help as well."
Good deeds should be done with intention and not for attention. We are all blessed to be able to bless others even if it is in the slightest way. But we do not need to be boastful about that. Be boastful in regards to teaching others how they may be able to help as well.
- Khloé (@khloekardashian) January 6, 2020
Incredibly, comedian Celeste Barber has managed to raise over $40 million dollars (thought to be the equivalent of £23 million) after launching a global fundraiser last week.
At least 25 people have lost their lives in the devastating fires, while an estimated 480 million animals have been killed in the blaze, which has spread through the southeast of Australia over the last few months.
Meanwhile, almost 2,000 homes are reported to have been destroyed, while at present, the Insurance Council of Australia have predicted the damage to have reached £370 million already, although this number is expected to rise.
If you'd like to help support those affected by the fires, there are a number of charities and organisations you can donate to, including the World Wildlife Fund, the Australian Red Cross, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and Wildlife Warriors.
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