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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban donate $500,000 to help fight bushfires in Australia

QUEENSLAND, Australia — Hollywood star Nicole Kidman and country singer Keith Urban are joining the list of celebrities donating funds to help firefighters in Australia as they continue battling massive bushfires.

“Our family’s support, thoughts, and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia,” the couple said on Instagram. “We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now.”

Kidman and Urban, native Australians who own a farmhouse outside Sydney, shared a link to local fire services where anyone can make donations.

They are the latest celebrities pledging donations to help fight the wildfires. Earlier on Saturday, Jan. 4, American pop singer Pink said she planned to donate $500,000.

Actor Hugh Jackman, “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness, as well as comedian and producer Nick Kroll, said on social media they were supporting Australian organizations or raising money to help firefighters.

LaMello Ball, the younger brother of NBA guard Lonzo Ball, is donating one month of his salary to the bushfire’s victims.

Three fires combined on Saturday to form a single blaze bigger than the New York borough of Manhattan, as Australian firefighters battled what was predicted to be the most catastrophic day yet in an already devastating bushfire season.

At least 23 people have died in Australia wildfires and in the state of New South Wales alone, more than 1,300 homes have been destroyed.

The U.S. has sent dozens of managers to Australia but on Monday, Jan. 6, 20 veteran California firefighters are heading there as the first U.S. ground crew.

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