Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Donate $500,000 To Australian Fire Relief
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are stepping up to assist with Australian wildfire relief as their homeland continues to be…
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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are stepping up to assist with Australian wildfire relief as their homeland continues to be threatened by devastating wildfires.
A rep for the award-winning actress confirmed to People that the couple donated $500,000 to Rural Fire Service.
“Their house is not on fire. It is under threat, so they are keeping a close eye on it,” Kidman’s rep also shared.
The couple recently returned to the states after celebrating Christmas in Australia. Kidman appeared at a pre-Golden Globes event on Saturday (Jan. 4) and apologized to reporters for being a bit distant.
“I’m so sorry I’m so distracted by what’s happening in Australia,” she said.
Urban, who was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, took to Instagram to encourage his fans to donate to relief efforts.
“Our family’s support, thoughts, and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia,” he wrote. “We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now.
According to reports, the disastrous wildfires, which sparked in September, have claimed the lives of at least 17 people and burned more than 11 million acres. Researchers from the University of Sydney believe that nearly 500 million mammals have succumbed to the fires.
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman aren’t the only celebrities who have rallied to support fire relief efforts. P!nk donated $500,000 and several athletes have also stepped up to assist in fire relief efforts.
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