Elton John is donating $1 million to support bushfire and animal relief efforts in Australia. The legendary artist made the announcement during his concert in Sydney.
Fans captured the moment as John spoke about the love he has for Australia and the devastation spreading across the country.
“We should all be in the awe of the work the firefighters are doing,” said John. “There are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes, there are people who have lost their lives and their homes.”
John received a standing ovation after sharing his support to those affected by the fires.
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“And lastly, there’s the plight of the animals, a loss of their habitat that frankly is on a biblical scale and it’s heartbreaking. Therefore tonight, I will be pledging $1 million dollars to support the bushfire relief fund.”
For months, about 18 million acres of land have been burned across Australia and nearly one billion animals have been killed or hurt from the wildfires. John said the fires have left him “heartbroken,” as it has with many others around the world. The singer’s donation will be made to the Bushfire Relief Fund.