Australian actor Chris Hemsworth attends the "Men In Black: International" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square on June 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
From Thor to Fleabag, stars dig deep for Australian bushfire relief
Agence France-Presse / 06:37 AM January 12, 2020
Social media stars and sporting champions are splashing the cash for Australian bushfire relief efforts and urging fans to do the same.
Twenty-six people have died since the start of the disaster in September, more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed, and some eight million hectares (80,000 square kilometres) has burned — an area roughly the size of Ireland or South Carolina.
– Aussie A-listers donate –
Australian Marvel actor Chris Hemsworth said he would donate AUS$1 million, singers Kylie and Danni Minogue pledged AUS$500,000 to the country’s rural firefighters, a donation matched by Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban.
Compatriots including Russell Crowe — who used his Golden Globe win to speak about the tragedy — and Rebel Wilson have pledged donations, with singer Dami Im also donating.
Athletes like Lewis Hamilton, tennis players Ashleigh Barty, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, and cricketers — including Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell — offered to donate their winnings.
On Wednesday, organisers of the Australian Open said Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will headline a charity match ahead of the tournament.
– $1m for ‘baggy green’ –
Many celebrities will auction clothes: Williams is donating a signed dress, while British actor and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge announced her Golden Globes suit would be auctioned off, and Shane Warne sold his baggy green cap to an anonymous bidder for AUS$1 million.
– Kylie contributes –
American stars — including Kylie Jenner, singers Pink, Lizzo, and Shawn Mendes, talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, and actor Patricia Arquette — all pledged to contribute to relief efforts.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental group, Earth Alliance, also said it was giving US$3 million.
– Rocket Man –
Elton John announced during a performance on Tuesday he would donate $1 million, and Metallica said they would give $500,000 to the county’s fire service.
Celebrities such as Margot Robbie, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman, and Selena Gomez also announced they had donated but declined to state how much.