Grammy-winning singer Pink has pledged $500,000 to fight the wildfires that are currently ravaging Australia.
In Twitter post she wrote:
“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 ❤️”
So far, 23 people have died in the wildfires. Authorities in the country further believe that the situation will be particularly dire during the weekend.
These fires are not something new. They have been going on for many months. In addition to the loss of life, they have destroyed around 5 million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land. They have also burned down over 1,500 homes.
Pink is not the only celebrity donating to the effort.
Singer Keith Urban and his wife Nicole Kidman, who are both native Australians, announced on Instagram that they, too, would donate $500,000 to fight the fires.
“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,” Kidman wrote in the post. She also listed organizations that her followers could donate to as well.
Other celebrities asked their social media followers to donate to the cause, too. This includes:
- Hugh Jackman
- Nick Kroll
- Kerry Washington
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Selena Gomez
- Charli XCX
Pink is no stranger to social activism. She has been a long-time campaigner for PETA. In 2015, she posed nude in a PETA campaign called “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.”
She is also a strong supporter of gay rights and has been involved in the following charities:
- Human Rights Campaign
- ONE Campaign
- Prince’s Trust
- New York Restoration Project
- Run for the Cure Foundation
- Save the Children
- Take Back the Night
- World Animal Protection