Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave at Glastonbury 2019
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Nick Cave, Lizzo & Elton John Join Artists Supporting Australian Wildfire Relief
Australian experimentalist icon Nick Cave is one of the latest artists to offer a large donation to help communities affected by the blazing wildfires across Australia. The "Into My Arms" singer took to his Instagram yesterday to share he will be donating $500,000 "to some of the many organisations carrying out selfless and courageous work" and encourages "everyone to do whatever they can to help."
Knighted pop king Elton John, who's currently in the country on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, also recently took to social media to announce a big donation—$1,000,000 to the Brushfire Relief Fund. First-time GRAMMY nominee Lizzo is also on currently on tour in Australia and offered her support by volunteering her time packing emergency food baskets at Foodbank Victoria.
Cave joins fellow Australians Kylie Minogue, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Flume and others using their platforms to offer public (and monetary!) support for the devastating crisis in their home country. Metallica, Pink and Kacey Musgraves are also among the musicians that have recently donated money to relief orgs and encouraged their fans to do so as well.
While fires have been breaking out across the country since September after an especially dry and hot season, global awareness around the fires has increased in the new year as the blazes worsen and celebrities, social media and news outlets build awareness. The two regions most gravely affected are New South Wales—Sydney is the capital—and the adjacent Victoria.
The latest numbers (via CNN, dated Jan. 8) state that the fires have burned 17.9 million acres of land, caused 27 deaths, including at least two volunteer firefighters. The fires have also affected an estimated one billion animals, with millions dead, including one-third of koala populations. Additionally, the fire, smoke, CO2 emissions and debris has already wreaked havoc on the environment and all its inhabitants, with contaminated air and water.
Many organizations have stepped in to offer disaster relief support, as well as the country's brave firefighters, the majority of whom work as volunteers. If you feel compelled to donate, check out NSW Rural Fire Service, Country Fire Authority, WIRES Wildfire Rescue, First Nations Communities Fire Relief Fund, RSPCA NSW Fire Fund or any other local org/fund for more info on how to help.