Sir Elton John the latest celebrity to donate to Australian bushfire relief efforts with generous pledge

Publish Date
Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 9:19AM
Sir Elton John has donated $1 million to the Australian bushfire relief fund / Getty Images

Sir Elton John has donated $1 million to the Australian bushfire relief fund / Getty Images

Sir Elton John has joined the list of celebrities to pledge money to the the Australian bushfire relief fund.

The legendary singer announced that he'd donate $1 million dollars in aid of victims of the fires which has ravaged areas of Australia since November 2019. 

"You should all be in awe of the work that the firefighters are doing," Sir Elton said at his concert at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena. 

"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.

"And last, is the plight of the animals and loss of their habitat that frankly, is on a biblical scale and heartbreaking."

"Therefore tonight I will be pledging $1million."

John's announcement was met with a standing ovation from the Sydney crowd.

Sir Elton added: "This is a magnificent country that I've been coming to since 1971.

"I love it here so much. To see what is happening here breaks my heart and so we have to come together and we have to fight, and this is my bit towards it.

"I love Australia so much and to those that have lost their homes, God bless, I hope that your lives will be repaired very soon."

John's donation joins the list of other celebrities who have pledged money towards the fund, including US singer Pink who donated $500,000 and The Packer Family who donated $5 million earlier this week.

The Sydney show was part of Sir Elton's 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour, which heads to New Zealand next month.