Russell Crowe Is Auctioning Off His Sweaty, Sooty Cap To Help Firies

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has literally thrown his hat into the ring to help in the wake of NSW's devastating fires.

The Aussie star is auctioning off a signed, sweaty and ash-covered Rabbitohs hat, to raise money for the NSW Rural Fire Service.

His home was among thousands that have been saved by firefighters devastating bush fires ripped through NSW's mid-north coast.

While Crowe's house was saved, there was significant damage to the bushland surrounding the property. His photos showed a burnt-out boat and trailer, broken plant pots and more blackened trees.

Crowe has been tweeting a lot about the fires in recent days, and made the announcement on Thursday morning that he wanted to help recovery efforts -- and vowed to kick in a substantial donation himself, on top of the eventual winning bid.

The bids have come in thick and fast.

The first was steep, and international, with one woman immediately offering up USD$500.

Her bid was quickly quadrupled by Triple M host Lawrence Mooney.

Even the NSW RFS crew has jumped on board, tagging Hugh Jackman, claiming that he may be looking for a new hat.

"Not sure that this was his team though," they tweeted.

The bidding war has a strict end time of 7.21 am AEDT Friday, Crowe declared.

Crowe has been sharing a number of tweets, pictures and videos in the wake of the fires.



'Absolutely F**king Smashed': Russell Crowe Says Fires Still Burning Near His NSW Property

Russell Crowe has returned to Australia to inspect the damage to his NSW property and surrounding areas caused by bushfires on the state's mid-north coast, saying there's smoke 'everywhere you look'.

There were 157 bush and grass fires burning across NSW as of Thursday morning, 64 yet to be contained.

More than 2200 fire fighters are still working to slow the blazes.

Thunderstorms that hit Sydney on Tuesday afternoon ignited 100 fresh fires, adding to the workload.

So far this bushfire season, at least 668 homes have been destroyed in NSW alone.

A number of homes have also been lost in Queensland as firefighters continue to battle a number of blazes. So far this season, the fires have burnt through the equivalent of 235,000 football pitches of bushland.

With summer still to come, these figures are expected to skyrocket.

RFS volunteers and NSW Fire and Rescue officers protect a home on Wheelbarrow Ridge Road being impacted by the Gospers Mountain fire near Colo Heights. Image: AAP.



Koala Bushfire GoFundMe Is Officially The Most Successful Aussie Fundraiser Ever

An online fundraiser for a rescue hospital that's taking care of animals that were injured in the bushfire crisis has made history to become Australia's most successful GoFundMe ever.

Australians have dug deep, donating millions of dollars to firefighters, victims and animal hospitals.

The largest fundraiser was for bushfire affected koalas. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital started the GoFundMe page after an expected 350 koalas died in the fires.

It's since amassed more than $1 million in donations -- the second-largest campaign in Australia.