Chris Hemsworth, Elton John and Kylie Jenner each pledge US$1 million to Australian bushfire relief

By Heather Cichowski

Chris Hemsworth and his family, Elton John and Kylie Jenner have all pledged to donate an incredible US$1 million to Australian wildfire relief!

Australian actor Chris made the announcement on his Instagram and encouraged others to help out in any way they can.

"Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia," he explained. "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," Chris continued. "In my bio, I’ve added links to support the fire fighters, organizations 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," he said in closing. "It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya."

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Chris also included a video of himself addressing the same issues he highlighted in the caption and admitted, "We’re really still in the thick of it here, as there are plenty of challenging times ahead."

The video has received more than 6.2 million views since Chris shared it on Jan. 6. It's garnered plenty of comments from Chris's fellow Aussies, who are thanking the world for their support.

At the 2020 Golden Globes, climate change and the devastating Australian bushfires were brought up by a number of stars. Russell Crowe won the Golden Globe for Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for TV for his work in The Loudest Voice, but he was absent from the ceremony because he was protecting his home from the ongoing disaster in Australia.

Jennifer Aniston, who presented the award, read his acceptance speech.

"Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based," Russell emphasized. "We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique place it is."

Prior to the Golden Globes, Nicole Kidman donated US$500,000 to the fire service in Australia. Her and husband Keith Urban's New South Wales home was under threat from fires at the time.

On Jan. 7, Elton John announced during a concert at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney he would also donate US$1 million to wildfire relief.

"We should all be in awe of the work the firefighters are doing," 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...Therefore tonight, I will be pledging $1 million dollars to support the bushfire relief fund."

Over the weekend, Kylie Jenner also pledged US$1 million to support the cause.

The British royals have released a number of supportive Instagram posts. Prince Charles shared a video message on Jan. 7.

According to the BBC, New South Wales is the worst-hit state with fire affecting almost five million hectares and destroying more than 1,300 houses. Experts also estimate 480 million animals are being directly affected by Australia's bushfire crisis and the extreme weather could cause populations to further decrease.

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