Chris Hemsworth donates $1 million to Australian bushfire relief: 'Challenging times ahead'
The actor announced Monday that he will be donating $1 million to help fight the bushfires currently ravaging his native Australia. Hemsworth, who’s currently residing in the country, shared an Instagram video announcing his contribution in an effort to encourage others to do their part as well.
“I’m going to put forward a million dollars, and was hoping that all of you can contribute in any way shape or form,” Hemsworth said. “Every dollar counts. That money goes directly to the firefighters, the people on the frontlines, the people who have suffered, the communities that have taken a hit and who are in desperate need of our support.”
Hemsworth also warned the problems won’t end any time soon. “The bushfires in Australia have caused massive devastation. They continue to burn, there’s warmer weather on its way,” he said. “We’re really still in the thick of it here. There’s plenty of challenging times ahead and still to come.”
He ended his message by thanking those who’ve already sent their well wishes and donations. In his Instagram bio, he included links to organizations working to fight the fires and help those impacted by the devastation, like the Australian Red Cross and World Wildlife Fund.
Hemsworth, who’s known for playing Thor in the Marvel movies, is the latest celebrity to raise awareness about the situation in Australia. Pink, Nicole Kidman, and comedian Celeste Barber are among the stars who have donated to and campaigned for bushfire relief. Cate Blanchett and others also spoke out about the fires at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
The bushfires, which began in September, have killed at least 25 people and brought unprecedented destruction to the country. Nearly half a billion animals reportedly died in the state of New South Wales alone, and officials have said the fires will keep burning for months to come.