After Pink announced a $500,000 donation to Australian fire relief, several other stars are stepping up. Metallica announced they’ll match Pink’s contribution, while Elton John committed $1 million to the cause.
The singer announced the donation while performing in Sydney. “We should all be in awe of the work the firefighters are doing,” he told his audience. “There are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes; there are people who have lost their lives and their homes.”
Elton John further reiterated that the loss of animal life in Australia has been staggering. He closed his Sydney concert by committing $1 million to fund Australian fire relief efforts.
“The plight of the animals, a loss of their habitat that frankly is on a biblical scale and it’s heartbreaking,” the singer said. The crowd responded with a standing ovation after the announcement.
Metallica has also committed $515,000 to two firefighting organizations in Australia.
“We are overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia,” the band said in their statement. The group and its All Within My Hands Foundation will commit $750,000 Australian dollars, or about $515,000 USD. Services that will benefit from that donation include NSW Rural Fire Service and the Country Fire Authority in Victoria.
Metallica even asked fans to join them in donating to help fund the Australian fire relief effort. Metallica has donated to wildfire relief in California using its organization. The group raised $100,000 for California relief and another $100,000 for Camp Fire relief in 2018 through a benefit concert.
The Australian bush fires have been fueled by drought and one of the hottest years on record. These bush fires have been raging since September and have killed 25 people and destroyed over 2,000 homes. The amount of scorched landmass in Australia would cover Ireland almost entirely.
Music stars like Pink, Elton John, and Metallica aren’t the only celebrities joining the effort, though. Chris Hemsworth, Keith Urban, and Nicole Kidman have all announced donations.