Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban Donate $500,000 To Bushfire Appeal
Aussie Hollywood star Nicole Kidman has pledged half a million dollars to bushfire fundraisers, becoming the latest star to lend a hand to massive donation drives.
Kidman told Network 10's Angela Bishop that she would donate $500,000 to fire relief efforts.
"We're devastated," Kidman said on behalf of herself and husband Keith Urban, at a press event in Los Angeles.
Kidman said her family was "devastated for Australia".
"Keith and I are pledging $500,000 to all the services, the rural services fighting the fires right now," she said.
She later posted an image on Instagram confirming the news.
Urban also later tweeted that his family's "support, thoughts, and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia."
"We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now," the musician wrote, also sharing links for others to donate to fire services in NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.
The mammoth donation comes just hours after music icon Pink pledged the same amount, and as Australian comedian Celeste Barber's viral Facebook fundraiser drive skyrockets past $18 million.
Many other celebrities in Australia and around the world have also pledged support, or sent condolences and thoughts, to those affected by the bushfires.
Fellow Aussie actor Hugh Jackman posted links and information on social media for any of his 29 million Instagram fans wanting to help.
The 'Wolverine' actor praised those who are "working tirelessly to fight the bushfires ... to save lives, wildlife and property."
'Queer Eye' star Jonathan Van Ness shared links to Barber's fundraiser to his 4.8 million Instagram followers.
"My heart has been broken these last days watching the situation deteriorate there," he said.
Comedian Nick Kroll and Aussie actor Joel Edgerton have teamed up to start a campaign called #fightfirewithafiver, asking followers to donate money to the NSW RFS.
Kroll, who is currently undertaking a standup comedy tour of Australia, has also pledged to donate his fees from shows in Sydney and Melbourne to bushfire relief.