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Entertainment Elton John announces $1 million donation to Australian bushfire relief fund during Sydney concert

16:39  07 january  2020
16:39  07 january  2020 Source:   celebrity.nine.com.au

Premier Andrews announces Vic govt contribution and establishment of state Bushfire Appeal fund

  Premier Andrews announces Vic govt contribution and establishment of state Bushfire Appeal fund Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the establishment of a Bushfire Appeal fund to help affected communities in the state. On Sunday, Mr Andrews said cash donations were the best way to help fire affected Victorians and asked contributors to not give further food and clothes towards the bushfire cause in the state.Mr Andrews said the Victorian government would also contribute $2 million dollars to the Bushfire Appeal fund. "This is a really important way in which people can give and be confident that a hundred per cent of that money will get where it's supposed to get," he said.

Elton John told a crowd of thousands he had donated $ 1 million to help bushfire victims during his Sydney concert on Tuesday night. The Rocketman megastar, 72, revealed he was making the huge donation while on stage at the Qudos Bank Arena

Elton John announced he'll be donating $ 1 million (AUD) to Australia bushfire relief efforts while live on stage in Sydney . 100 fires are currently burning out of control in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia , thousands of homes have been lost, 24 people have lost their lives and half a

Elton John has announced a $1 million donation to the Australian bushfire relief fund during his Sydney concert on Tuesday evening.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Elton John poses in the press room with the award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)© Getty BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Elton John poses in the press room with the award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture during the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Addressing Qudos Bank Arena at Sydney Olympic Park the iconic singer told fans he is "in awe" of firefighters and is heartbroken by the devastation across Australia.

"We should all be in the awe of the work the fire fighters are doing," the singer said as the crowd broke into applause.

Packers, Crown donate extra $4 million for bushfire relief efforts

  Packers, Crown donate extra $4 million for bushfire relief efforts The Sydney billionaire has joined a swathe of other rich-listers in donating to the national bushfire relief effort. The pledge by the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation, announced late on Monday, is to support volunteer fire agencies, relief services and wildlife charities in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Those states are where Crown Resorts has casinos.

On Saturday, the singer – whose extremely large Australian fanbase resulted in her 2013 The Truth About Love Tour becoming the most successful solo female artist tour in the country’s history – announced on Instagram that she is donating half a million dollars to aid with the bushfire relief .

Chris Hemsworth and family donate $ 1 million to Australian bushfire relief . Yesterday Aussie icon Kylie Minogue announced she and her family were pledging half a million dollars to ‘the immediate firefighting efforts and the ongoing support which will be required’ following the catastrophic blazes.

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"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.

"And lastly, there's the plight of the animals, a loss of their habitat that frankly is on a biblical scale and it's heartbreaking.

"Therefore tonight, I will be pledging $1 million dollars to support the bushfire relief fund," he announced, leading to raucous cheering.

"As I said earlier, this is a magnificent country and I love it here, so much and to see what is happening here breaks my heart, so we have to come together, we have to fight and this is my bit towards it and I love Australia so much," John added.

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Before launching into Your Song, the singer gave a heartfelt message to those directly affected by the devastation.

Sheryl Sandberg has announced Facebook will donate up to $1.25 million to Australian bushfire relief efforts

  Sheryl Sandberg has announced Facebook will donate up to $1.25 million to Australian bushfire relief efforts Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced the company will match up to $1 million in Australian bushfire relief donations made to donations platform GlobalGiving."Thinking of everyone affected by the devastating fires in Australia," Sandberg said in a Facebook post. "Hearing about the lives lost and the homes destroyed is just heartbreaking.

'Avengers: Endgame' star Chris Hemsworth has pledged $ 1 million to Australian bushfire relief , saying there is 'challenging times ahead' as the fires continue to rage The actor announced Monday that he will be donating $ 1 million to help fight the bushfires currently ravaging his native Australia .

Pledged donations are due between 15 and 90 days. Australia 's bushfire disaster has attracted several high-profile and corporate donations Artists are starting to organise charity events to raise more funds , with award-winning singer Tones and I announcing plans for a Melbourne concert on

"To those who have lost their homes, God Bless, I hope that your lives will be repaired very, very soon."

Elton John became the second celebrity to pledge such a massive amount to the relief efforts in the past 24 hours, after Chris Hemsworth announced his $1 million donation.

In a video posted to social media, the Thor star asked fans to give what they could, adding "every dollar counts".

Yesterday, Kylie Minogue announced she and her Melbourne-based family were donating $500, 000 to the firies, as did Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.

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More than $73 million has been raised through Facebook for bushfire relief in Australia, as social media and new online platforms pave the way for faster donations .
More than $73 million has been raised for bushfire relief through Facebook donation pages. Celeste Barber's Facebook fundraiser for Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund has generated over $50 million – the largest fundraiser on the platform globally. More than 6,000 GoFundMe pages have also been created for bushfire relief, which have raised more than $23 million. Visit Business Insider Australia’s homepage for more stories.Social media has been helping people all over the world raise funds and support for victims of the Australian bushfires.

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