Metallica has joined a number of other musicians and celebrities in donating to Australia wildfire relief.
In a statement, the band said, “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.
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.”
Per CNN, the first of Australia’s bushfires began in late July. A total of 17.9 million acres have been burned. At least 24 people have died, which includes local volunteer firefighters. Local wildlife has been greatly affected, with Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley saying a third of koalas in New South Wales (NSW) have been killed. It’s estimated that half a billion animals in total in NSW have been affected.