Metallica Pledges $750,000 To The Australian Bushfire Relief Efforts
It Will Benefit The NSW Rural Fire Service and The Country Fire Authority in Victoria
Heavy metal titans Metallica are doing their part in helping battle the bushfire crisis in Australia. In a statement, they wrote: “We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria. The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia is truly heartbreaking. 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.”
They added, “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 organization, which helps to protect 3.3 million Victorians, and works together with communities to keep Victorians safe from fire and other emergencies.”
The bushfires have scorched over 18 million acres of land, and even wiped out entire towns. 24 people and a billion animals have lost their lives, including 1/3 of the koala population in NSW. Elton John and Keith Urban also recently donated to the Australian Bushfire Relief Fundraisers.