Lewis Hamilton announced he will donate $500,000 to help fire services and animal charities who work in the Australian Bushfire crisis.
The bushfires in Australia have been raging since September 2019 and brought on droughts across the country. So far 27 people and a huge number animals have been killed in the fires that caught more than 6.3 hectares of land, forest and bush.
In his social media posts Lewis Hamilton has been vocal about the ongoing catastrophe.
“It saddens me deeply to know that over 1 billion animals in Australia died a painful death, no way out, not their fault,” said Hamilton.
“My love of animals is no secret and I can’t help but grieve for the defenceless animals thought to have died so far, pushing certain species closer to extinction.
“I’m lucky enough to visit Australia often and I know first-hand how beautiful the country is.
“Keep fighting Australia. I’ve spent some time speaking to people in Australia who are working at the heart of this and I’m filled with admiration for everything they are doing.
“I implore you to join me in thinking about the impact we have been having on our planet. Let’s work together to make small changes, and encourage our family and friends to do the same, so we can help shift the direction we’re going in.”
Hamilton will donate the funds to WIRES Wildfire Rescue, WWF Australia and the Rural Fire Service. You can see the Brit’s announcement in his Twitter post below.
It breaks my heart to see the devastation the Australian bushfires are causing to people and animals across the country. I’m pledging $500k to support the animals, wildlife volunteers and rural fire services. If you are able to, and you haven’t already then you can donate too. pic.twitter.com/DXjScK5Oqq
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) January 9, 2020