Australia needs the help of the world as the Town Under is uncontrollably burned. After many popular donations, Ellen DeGeneres has launched GoFundMe to raise $ 5 million for bushfire relief.
Since September last year, bushfires have killed at least 25 people and more than a billion animals. In New South Wales (NSW), especially in an area affected by Infernos, 1,588 homes have been destroyed and 653 damaged.
People around the world are giving their support, whether it’s a Canadian firefighter or a fundraiser via Nirvana. Now, the popular talk show host is urging people to do their best to help with the crisis.
Ellen says she’s already donated to the Red Cross, and to the Australian Wildlife Fund and the NSW Rural Fire Service – but she wants her fans to do the same.
In an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the host said:
I Love Australia. I love Australia so much, I even married an Australian. A few years ago I saw how incredible Australia is. We took our show there and I fell in love with the country and the people. Now, Australia needs our help.
Wildfire has been burning for four months and with record-breaking heat. The air is very strong and it is getting worse. Thousands of people have been displaced. Houses have been burned. Lives have been lost. Nearly half a billion animals have been killed. Almost one-third of their habitats have been destroyed.
Joins the list of other top actors and musicians who contribute to the popular host relief efforts. Nicole Kidman donates $ 500,000, while Chris Hemsworth and Elton John pledge $ 1 million each to help with the Bushfire Crisis.
Ellen’s GoFundMe page is expected to reach the 5 million mark, which will serve Australia’s firefighters, people and animals – so far, after 22 hours, it has already raised more than 50,000 to 650,000.
Ellen also raised awareness of the ongoing chaos in Australia after winning the Golden Globe for her outstanding contribution to television.
When accepting the Carol Burnett Award, Ellen said:
There are people who have lost everything, Australia is such a wonderful place! People are very surprised; a number of lost animals too.
Shutterfly, one of the show’s partners, kicked off GoFundMe with a $ 100,000 donation.