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It may have been the weekend of the Golden Globes but much of the conversation centred on the wildfires raging through Australia. The tragic fires have not only killed half a billion animals, they’ve left dozens dead and thousands of homes destroyed.

The wildfires are said to be the worst in Australia’s history, and the most terrifying part is they don’t look to be ending anytime soon. Australia has a special place in many people’s hearts, and celebs — whether they’re from there or not — are not only using their voice and platform to raise awareness about what’s going on but also to donate to the nation’s emergency services and wildlife organizations.

Russell Crowe, who won best actor in a limited series or motion picture made for TV for his performance as Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice, wasn’t at the Beverly Hills Hilton to pick up his award. He was a little busy with his family in New South Wales, preparing for the latest fires. Jennifer Aniston, who along with Reese Witherspoon presented Crowe’s award, read a statement on his behalf. “Make no mistake the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate-change based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is.”

Russell did take to Instagram to issue proper thank yous but that caption was alongside a video of what he’s been doing over there. Crowe has been posting regularly on social media since the fires began, about the damage done to his home as well as asking for donations to the largely volunteer fire services. And he’s just one of many who’ve asked for help.

 

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Singer Pink, who is beloved Down Under, was one of the first stars to get the donations rolling, pledging $500,000 to the local fire services “battling so hard on the frontlines.”

Aussies Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban added a half-million dollars as well, and posted the same links to Australian fire services that Pink did, in an effort to inspire those who want to help. “Our family’s support, thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia,” each posted on their respective Instagrams. “We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now.”

Actress Rebel Wilson, who was born and raised in Sydney, raised $100,000 for fire relief, auctioning off two eight-person lunch dates with her at Australia’s annual Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo event on Sunday.

Margot Robbie got emotional, and rather than share pics from the devastation currently happening, she opted to show photos from her childhood to show “how beautiful our country is.” She added, “It is so beautiful and it’s really hurting right now,” adding how simple and quick it is to donate and called on her followers to do the same, in order “to give future generations the kind of childhood I was so lucky to have.”

 

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Australian tennis player and women’s world No. 1 Ash Barty is donating her prize money from the Brisbane Internaional, which kicks off today.

On the men’s side, Nick Kyrgios broke down talking about his hometown of Canberra and how it’s truly suffering. He also announced he would donate $200 for every ace he hits at all the events he plays this summer.

Selena Gomez, who posted that she is “praying for everyone affected and all of the first responders,” announced that she is making a donation and “would love if you would consider doing the same if you can.”

Comedian Nick Kroll, who is currently on tour in Australia, teamed up with actor Joel Edgerton to raise money for rural fire services, introducing the hashtag #fightfirewithafiver.

Hilary Duff, who is in South Africa with husband Matthew Koma, felt guilty for enjoying her honeymoon but wanted to do her part. They are “coming up with a number” they feel comfortable donating and urged others to do the same.

Australian YouTuber Muselk hosted a charity stream to collection donations and raised more than $125,000 in 24 hours.

Fleabag star and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who won the award for best actress in a comedy or musical television series on Sunday night, announced she will be auctioning off her Golden Globes outfit and donating the money to fire relief in Australia.

NBA star LaMelo Ball is donating a month’s salary to those affected by the bush fires.

Australian comedian Celeste Barber has raised more than $34 million in four days, thanks to her Facebook fundraiser pleading for donations to The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund. Barber posted photos from inside her mother-in-law’s home and described the red skies and hazy air as “terrifying.”

Horrifying view of raging fire in Australia filmed from a plane