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As fires continue to rage throughout Australia, people around the world have pledged their finances, time, and prayers to the people and animals affected.
The Irwin family, who runs Australia Zoo and various conservation properties, has a wildlife hospital that has been overwhelmed with a flood of new patients since the fires started.
Robert Irwin, the 16-year-old son of the late Steve Irwin, thanked his followers for their support and spoke highly of the firefighters battling the blaze.
“Again, my greatest thank you goes to Australia’s incredible firefighters,” he wrote. “If there’s anyone who can band together and lend a hand in crisis, it’s Australians.”
Bindi Irwin, Robert’s 21-year-old sister, also expressed her thanks to the firefighters and stressed their importance. She advised her followers to lend their support to local Australian fire stations if they wanted to do something to help.
“If you would like to lend a hand, the local fire stations could sure use donations as they are working so hard to keep everyone safe,” she wrote.
Another pair of Australian celebrities did exactly what Bindi advised.
Country singer Keith Urban was born in New Zealand, but grew up in Australia. His wife, actress Nicole Kidman, was born in Hawaii to Australian parents, and also grew up in Australia.
The couple now owns a house in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. They recently celebrated Christmas in Australia, and took photos together in Sydney.
Now, the couple has pledged a generous amount of money to help Australian firefighters battle the blaze raging through their beloved homeland.
In identically captioned posts on Instagram, Urban and Kidman said they donated $500,000 to New South Wales Rural Fire Services.
“Our family’s support, thoughts, and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia,” the couple wrote.
Both Urban and Kidman also shared links to various fire stations and services their followers can donate to if they’d like to help the cause.
Urban and Kidman’s donation was confirmed by Kidman’s rep, which TODAY reported on Saturday (January 4).
Learn more about the fires raging through Australia by tuning in to the news report below.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are affected by the fires. And hats off to Urban, Kidman, and the Irwins for doing their part to help their homeland during its time of great need.
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