Aussie Comedian Celeste Barber Raises More Than $30 Million For Firefighters
The reaction to Aussie comedian Celeste Barber's fundraiser for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service has been incredible.
The 37-year-old posted a campaign on Facebook on Friday, writing: "I'm raising money for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate a lot or a little. Anything helps."
In just four days, Ms Barber has raised more than $30 million.
The donations have been pouring in from all over the world and the money will go a hell of a long way in helping the state's fire service.
New South Wales has been the worst hit state from the bushfire crisis, with millions of acres burned, several lives and hundreds of homes lost.
Firefighters have been working around the clock and they've had help from fire crews across the planet.
Speaking to 7 News, Barber said: "People are amazing. Power to the people. Someone needed to do something and the people have done something."
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"People are amazing...Power to the people": Comedian @celestebarber_'s campaign for fire-hit communities has now reached $20 million. https://t.co/8ZC11JKUpv #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/xWNgfPjlpB
- 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) January 5, 2020
She is not the only celebrity to have done her bit to help tackle the devastating blazes ravaging Australia.
US singer P!nk announced over the weekend that she was pledging $500,000 (£382,043) to help fight the bushfires.
In a tweet, she said: "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."
Actor Nicole Kidman - who was raised in Sydney - also matched P!nk's generous pledge.
Authorities confirmed on Saturday that two people were killed on Kangaroo Island after flames appeared to overrun their vehicle, taking the total death toll from the current bushfires to 20.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated across the country, while 1,500 homes have already been destroyed by the fires.
You can donate to Barber's fundraiser here.
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