Thor brings out the big guns in bushfire fight

Chris Hemsworth. Picture: Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images
Chris Hemsworth. Picture: Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

CHRIS Hemsworth has announced his family will contribute $1 million to help fight the bushfire crisis sweeping Australia.

The Thor star made the announcement on his social media channels on Tuesday afternoon, proving himself a real-life superhero.

“Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia,” Hemsworth said.

“My family and I are contributing a million dollars.

“Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated.”

Hemsworth joins a long of Australian and international celebrities who have pledged money to fight the crisis, which so far has seen 25 people die and more than 2000 homes destroyed across the country.

This includes $500,000 from US singer Pink and another half-a-million dollars from Australian actor Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban, plus $5 million from the billionaire Packer family.

Cricket champ Shane Warne is auctioning his baggy green cap worn during his Test career, while Collingwood AFL player Dayne Beams is selling his 2010 premiership medallion.

Artists are organising charity events to raise more funds, with ARIA-winning singer Tones and I announcing plans for a Melbourne concert on January 28 to benefit the RFS, Victoria’s Country Fire Association and Red Cross.

The Catholic church will have a special collection at Australia Day weekend masses to give to the Vinnies bushfire appeal and will connect people in need with those who can prepare meals and clear properties.

What the stars are saying about the bushfires:

RUSSELL CROWE:

“Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is.” (Golden Globes acceptance speech, read by Jennifer Aniston)

CATE BLANCHETT:

“I want to do a special call out to the volunteer firefighters who have been at the centre of battling the climate disaster in Australia. And of course when one country faces a climate disaster we all face a climate disaster.” (Presenting at the Golden Globes)

MARGOT ROBBIE:

“(Australia) is so beautiful and its really really hurting right now and it really really needs you. Please, please donate anything you can.” (Instagram)

KYLIE MINOGUE:

“Returning home to such devastation throughout much of the country is heartbreaking. As a family, we’ve donated $500,000 towards the immediate firefighting efforts and the ongoing support which will be required.” (Twitter)

NICOLE KIDMAN:

“Our family is safe, but obviously many families have been put under enormous stress and duress right now. And we’re so deeply upset and worried.” (told reporters at the Golden Globes, and donated $500,000 with husband Keith Urban)

ELLEN DEGENERES:

“Australia I love you. My heart goes out to everyone suffering in Australia, all the animals that we’ve lost.” (Golden Globes acceptance speech)

SELENA GOMEZ:

“Absolutely devastated by the fires in Australia. Praying for everyone affected and all of the first responders. I’m making a donation and would love if you would consider doing the same if you can.” (Twitter)

PINK:

“I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines.” (Twitter)

BETTE MIDLER:

“Pity the poor #Australians, their country ablaze, and their rotten @ScottMorrisonMP saying, “This is not the time to talk about Climate Change. We have to grow our economy.” What an idiot. What good is an economy in an uninhabitable country? Lead, you f***wit!!” (Twitter)

KHLOE KARDASHIAN:

“‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to #Australia. We pray to my Almighty Lord to extinguish the horrific fires.” (Instagram)

TONES AND I:

“There is no way to lightly talk about the topic, it has been apocalyptic.” (Twitter, announcing plans for a Melbourne charity concert on January 28)

LIZZO:

“Being over here in Australia has really given me a real time view into what’s happening with these devastating fires and for all of my followers who are mostly American, I just want to say that this is a global crisis.” (Instagram)

JONATHAN VAN NESS:

“After having had the chance to film a special episode of @queereye in Yass, Australia in 2018 I fell in love. My heart has been broken these last days watching the situation deteriorate there.” (Instagram)