As the devastating wildfires continue to burn through Australia, people around the world are doing what they can to provide aid. Knitters are creating wraps and pouches to help animals, while firefighters from other countries, including Canada, are travelling to Australia and putting themselves in extreme danger to help stop the fires from spreading. Singer Lizzo is currently on tour in Australia and did her part to help the cause by volunteering at a local food bank.
Foodbank Victoria shared a picture of Lizzo wearing an orange volunteer vest and posing with an employee. “We had the one and only Lizzo helping us sort and pack hampers in the warehouse today,” wrote Foodbank Victoria on Facebook, including links on where people can donate to provide aid to those affected by the bushfire crisis.
The eight-time Grammy nominee can be seen on the food bank’s website, smiling as she helps sort food that will be used to feed some of the thousands of people who have been forced to flee their homes. Although the singer didn’t post about the visit on her own social accounts, Foodbank Victoria did share a video of Lizzo hard at work.
“100% that Foodbank!” Thanks again @lizzo for visiting our warehouse yesterday and chatting with our hardworking volunteers and staff who have been working tirelessly to provide food relief to bushfire affected communities. Add hamper packing to her list long of talents @fomoaus pic.twitter.com/llvd7dgRKw
— Foodbank Victoria (@FoodbankVic) January 8, 2020
Foodbank Victoria provides food to families and individuals in need, as well as fresh water to the firefighters in Victoria who are battling the fires, which have already claimed the lives of 25 people, 2,000 homes and an estimated 1 billion animals. In addition to volunteering her time, Lizzo also shared links on her Twitter page informing her followers of how they can donate to local state fire services.
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During her performance at the Sydney Opera House, Lizzo spoke about the devastation caused by the wildfires and how moved she was during her time at Foodbank Victoria. “I met some of the most special people who are volunteering their patience and their time and their love and their energy into feeding people who have been displaced,” said Lizzo, who revealed she had also spent time at a koala sanctuary. Lizzo urged fans to donate using the designated donation centres set up at her concert and confirmed that she too had donated to various charities throughout Australia.
— Kate Pattison (@katepatto) January 8, 2020
Pink, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Rebel Wilson, Chris Hemsworth, Selena Gomez, Nick Kroll and Margot Robbie are just some of the celebrities who have made sizable donations to wildfire efforts and have been using their social media platforms to help raise awareness.