Metallica has pledged $750,000 AUD (approximately $516,000) to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Victoria Country Fire Authority to help the victims of Australia’s bushfire crisis.
In a statement the band sand:
Please join us and do whatever you can to assist as we, along with our foundation All Within My Hands, 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.
NSW RFS 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.
CFA (Country Fire Authority) is a volunteer and community based fire and emergency services organisation which helps to protect 3.3 million Victorians, and works together with communities to keep Victorians safe from fire and other emergencies.
Kearn more about NSW Rural Fire Service and how you can help ➡️ https://talli.ca/nws-rfs
At least 25 people have sadly lost their lives since the fires began in September last year. Nearly a billion animals have been killed, and hundreds of homes and habitats have been lost and destroyed.
Although the fires are believed to have started naturally (plus some by low-life arsonists), scientists and experts believe human-caused climate disruption has exacerbated the hot, arid conditions that have fueled the growth of the blazes.
Australia is just over a month into the summer season, with temperatures expected to peak later this month and in February. The fires burning around the country could, unfortunately, last for months.
Many other musicians have donated money to bushfire relief include Elton John, who announced his $1 million donations at his Sydney concert, and Kylie Minogue, who pledged $500,000. There is also a bushfire relief concert rumored to be taking place in Australia next month with Queen and Alice Cooper named as possible performers on the night.