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Stars to Help in Australian Wildlife Relief Efforts

Written by Chief Editor.

Elton and Chris Hemsworth are among the celebrities donating big bucks for relief efforts as wildfires engulf Australia.

The latter took to social media Monday to share that he will donate $1 million and asked his followers to show support as well. He said that "every penny counts."

So far, the wildfires have scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland. The blazes have killed 25 people and millions of animals. They also destroyed 2,000 homes. The fires, fueled by drought and the country´s hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, months earlier than is typical for Australia´s annual wildfire season.

Elton also promised a million dollars. He 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 saidd: “This is a magnificent country that I’ve been coming to since 1971. 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.”

The singer said he wanted to bring attention to the devastation that wildfires have caused, saying it has reached a "biblical scale."

Hemsworth and John join a growing list of notables who have pledged to donate toward relief efforts, including Nicole Kidman, Pink and Keith Urban.