Australian actor Chris Hemsworth said he would donate AUS$1 million Photo: AFP

From Thor to Fleabag, stars dig deep for Australian bushfire relief

By Angela Weiss

Social media stars and sporting champions are splashing the cash for Australian bushfire relief efforts and urging fans to do the same.

Twenty-six people have died since the start of the disaster in September, more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed, and some eight million hectares (80,000 square kilometers) has burned -- an area roughly the size of Ireland or South Carolina.

Australian Marvel actor Chris Hemsworth said he would donate A$1 million, singers Kylie and Danni Minogue pledged A$500,000 to the country's rural firefighters, a donation matched by Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban.

Compatriots including Russell Crowe -- who used his Golden Globe win to speak about the tragedy -- and Rebel Wilson have pledged donations, with singer Dami Im also donating.

Athletes like Lewis Hamilton, tennis players Ashleigh Barty, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, and cricketers -- including Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell -- offered to donate their winnings.

On Wednesday, organizers of the Australian Open said Roger Federer, Williams and Rafael Nadal will headline a charity match ahead of the tournament.

Many celebrities will auction clothes: Williams is donating a signed dress, while British actor and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge announced her Golden Globes suit would be auctioned off, and cricketer Shane Warne sold his baggy green cap to an anonymous bidder for A$1 million.

American stars -- including Kylie Jenner, singers Pink, Lizzo, and Shawn Mendes, talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, and actor Patricia Arquette -- all pledged to contribute to relief efforts.

Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental group, Earth Alliance, also said it was giving $3 million.

Elton John announced during a performance on Tuesday he would donate $1 million, and Metallica said they would give $500,000 to the county's fire service.

Celebrities such as Margot Robbie, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman, and Selena Gomez also announced they had donated but declined to state how much.

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And best of luck to all the North American firefighters that went to Australia to help.

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Our thanks for the generosity and support form everyone around the world who has donated to assist during this emergency. It will all help Australians and wildlife survive and rebuild. It will help fight the fires and the aftermath where despair over what has been lost sets in. It is a huge job ahead. But knowing that the world is with us helps immensely.

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Who’s going to get all this money ?

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Wait...why did thor become a fleabag? Whst did he do? Who did he anger?

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