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Entertainment Ellen DeGeneres launches Australia GoFundMe with $5 million goal; other celebs join effort

09:25  10 january  2020
09:25  10 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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' Australia needs our help': Ellen DeGeneres launches a GoFundMe page urging fans to raise $ 5 million for firefighters and bushfire victims. Speaking to Australian entertainment reporter Renee Bargh at the event, Ellen said the horrifying infernos were never far from her mind.

Ellen DeGeneres is raising donations amid devastating wildfires ravaging Australia.

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The 61-year-old television host announced on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Tuesday that she created an Australia Bushfire Relief GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising $5 million to help the firefighters, people and animals of the Land Down Under.

"I love Australia. I love Australia so much, I even married an Australian," said DeGeneres, referring to wife Portia de Rossi, 46. "Right now, Australia needs our help. Wildfires have been burning for four months and with record-breaking heat."

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Ellen DeGeneres Launches GoFundMe Campaign with $ 5 M Goal to Help People and Animals of With a goal of $ 5 million , DeGeneres said the donations will go to the Australian Red Cross, the DeGeneres joins a long list of celebrities who have already helped combat part of the devastation in

Ellen DeGeneres has launched a GoFundMe page to raise $ 5 million for the Australian bushfire Celebrity comedian Ellen DeGeneres has launched a GoFundMe page for the Australian “Our goal is to raise $ 5 million .” She kicked off the campaign with a 0,000 donation from Shutterfly Her page joins dozens of fundraisers on GoFundMe that have raised millions of dollars already.

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She continued: "Thousands of people have been displaced. Homes have been burned, lives have been lost. Nearly half a billion animals have been killed."

The bushfires, which have been burning since September, have killed at least 25 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and killed an estimated 500 million animals. In all, about 15 million acres have burned across the country – an area roughly the size of West Virginia.

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Ellen DeGeneres is using her star power for good by launching a massive fundraiser for the Australian bushfire crisis. So she's started a GoFundMe with a target of $ 5 million . Ellen told her fans: "I love Australia . I love Australia so much, I even married an Australian .

AceShowbiz - Ellen DeGeneres has set the ambitious goal of raising $ 5 million for the bushfire relief efforts in Australia . The TV talk show host is the latest star to urge fans to help I love Australia so much I even married an Australian . A few years ago I got to see how incredible Australia is in person.

As of Thursday, the comedian has raised more than $1.1 million toward relief efforts, including a $100,000 donation from Shutterfly, a $250,000 donation from United Airlines, and a $50,000 donation from Starbucks, DeGeneres announced.

"My viewers are amazing! You’ve given over $1 million in donations to help Australia," she tweeted Thursday.

All donations raised by DeGeneres' campaign will go toward "Australian Red Cross, a humanitarian aid and community services charity in Australia, and WIRES, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization," according to the GoFundMe.

DeGeneres is the latest celebrity to lend a helping hand to fight against the destruction. Australian stars (Chris Hemsworth, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie) and non-Australian stars (Pink, Elton John, Kim Kardashian West, Khloe Kardashian) alike took to social media to pledge money and encourage others to do the same.

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Chris Hemsworth has pledged million towards helping firefighters and residents affected by the Australian bushfires. ' Australia needs our help': Ellen DeGeneres launches a GoFundMe page urging fans to raise $ 5 million for firefighters and bushfire victims.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has announced that she has set up a GoFundMe page for the “The goal is to raise $ 5 million , and with your help, Ellen believes we can reach that goal and help those In recent days, a number of other celebrity have announced big donations to help Australia

"Real Housewives of New York City" alum Bethenny Frankel took it a step further and plans to send firefighting supplies, along with dozens of firefighters, to Australia to assist with containment through her disaster relief initiative, BStrong.

Frankel pledged to "send planes with firefighters until fires are contained" and amass "fire gear from various fire departments in the US…to equip volunteer firefighters for the entire fire season, which continues for another 3 months in Australia," according to her website.

And Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental organization is donating $3 million to help relief efforts.

DiCaprio's Earth Alliance said Thursday that the organization has created the Australia Wildfire Fund to help with an “international response to the catastrophic bushfires.”

The fund will work with local Australian partner organizations including Aussie Ark, Bush Heritage and Wires Wildlife Rescue to assist firefighting efforts in New South Wales and aid other communities.

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Contributing: Grace Hauck; The Associated Press

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