Singer Sir Elton John is the latest celebrity showing support to the battle to end the spread of the deadly Australian bushfire, as he pledges $1million to help firefighters in Australia.
Sir Elton John made the announcement while on stage in Sydney, telling the audience they should be “in awe of the work that the firefighters are doing”.
He 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.”
Animals have had their habitats destroyed “on a biblical scale”, he told the audience at the Qudos Bank Arena.
He said: “Therefore tonight I will be pledging one million dollars to support the bushfire relief fund.”
His announcement was met with huge cheers from the crowd.
Sir Elton did not say whether his donation was in Australian or US dollars, which would be worth around £524,000 and £762,000 respectively.
Australian actor Chris Hemsworth and his brothers Liam and Luke have also pledged one million dollars towards the relief fund.
He told his 39 million followers on Instagram: “Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia.
“My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully, you guys can chip in too.
“Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated.”