'We Have To Fight': Elton John Donates $1 Million To Bushfire Relief
Sir Elton John has pledged to donate $1 million to the Australian bushfire disaster relief fund.
The English singing legend announced his donation at a concert at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena on Tuesday night, praising firies battling blazes all over the country.
"You should all be in awe of the work that the firefighters are doing," Sir Elton said.
"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 last, is the plight of the animals and loss of their habitat that frankly, is on a biblical scale and heartbreaking."
"Therefore tonight I will be pledging $1million."
The announcement was met with cheers and a standing ovation from the audience who had turned up for the show, part of the 72-year-old's final "Yellow Brick Road" tour in Australia and New Zealand.
Sir Elton added: "This is a magnificent country that I've been coming to since 1971.
"I love it here so much. To see what is happening here breaks my heart and so we have to come together and we have to fight, and this is my bit towards it.
"I love Australia so much and to those that have lost their homes, God bless, I hope that your lives will be repaired very soon."
Sir Elton did not say whether his donation was in Australian or US dollars.
Australia's disastrous bushfires have attracted donations from other multi-millionaire actors and entertainers, including $500,000 from US singer Pink and another half-a-million dollars from Australian actor Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban, plus $5 million from the Packer family.
Actor Chris Hemsworth and his family are chipping in $1 million after telling his near 39 million Instagram followers on Tuesday to "dig deep" to give what they can.
Cricket champ Shane Warne is auctioning his Baggy Green cap worn during his Test career, while Collingwood AFL player Dayne Beams is selling his 2010 premiership medallion.
Kylie Minogue has also pledged $500,000 to help with the response to the fire.
She posted on Instagram: "Last year I had the incredible opportunity of visiting some of the many beautiful places in my homeland for the first time.
"Returning home to such devastation throughout much of the country is heartbreaking."