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Elton John, Chris Hemsworth, Metallica pledge $2.75 million to Australia fire response

Singer Elton John, “Avengers” actor Chris Hemsworth and iconic metal band Metallica are among the growing list of celebrities donating huge sums of ...

Singer Elton John, “Avengers” actor Chris Hemsworth and iconic metal band Metallica are among the growing list of celebrities donating huge sums of money in response to the devastating Australian bushfires.

The Associated Press reports John announced during his Farewell Yellow Brick Road concert in Sydney on Tuesday that he will also donate $1 million.

Hemsworth, an Australian native who lives in the drought-affected New South Wales town of Byron Bay, wrote on Twitter that he was donating $1 million.

“Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated,” Hemsworth said in a video, urging people to donate.

Metallica is donating $750,000.

“We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria,” the band wrote in a post on Instagram “The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia is truly heartbreaking.”

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We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria. The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia is truly heartbreaking. Please join us and do whatever you can to assist as we, along with our @allwithinmyhandsfoundation, are pledging A$750,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and to the Country Fire Authority in Victoria to aid in the relief efforts. @NSWRFS is the world’s largest volunteer firefighting organization and all funds donated during this State of Emergency are directed toward services related to and victims of these particularly destructive Australian bushfires. @CFAvic is a volunteer and community-based fire and emergency services organization which helps to protect 3.3 million Victorians, and works together with communities to keep Victorians safe from fire and other emergencies. Learn more about NSW Rural Fire Service and how you can help ➡️ https://talli.ca/nws-rfs Learn more about Victorian Country Fire Authority and how you can help ➡️ https://talli.ca/cfa

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The band says the money will go to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and to the Country Fire Authority in Victoria to aid in the relief efforts.

Some 2,000 homes have been destroyed in the fire crisis. At least two dozen people have been killed and it’s estimated that 1 billion animals have died or will die as a result of the fires.