The couple took to their social media accounts to announce that they would be donating to the Rural Fire Services and encouraged others to do the same.
Nicole Kidman's thoughts and prayers are with the victims and first responders of the devastating Australian wildfires, reports People. Kidman and her husband are also doing what they can to help out. “Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have donated $500,000 to Rural Fire Service,” a representative for Kidman said. “Their house is not on fire. It is under threat, so they are keeping a close eye on it,” added the rep. According to the report, the 52-year-old actress was visibly disturbed on Saturday, one day before the Golden Globes, where she attended the Gold Meets Golden event in Beverly Hills.
Kidman, who was nominated for best performance by an actress in a television series for her role in Big Little Lies, told reporters: “I’m so sorry I’m so distracted by what’s happening in Australia.” Nicole Kidman then took to Instagram on Sunday to say, "Our family’s support, thoughts, and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia. We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now."
Kidman's husband and country singer Keith Urban, who was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, also took to his Instagram to post the same message. They are not the only celebrities who have donated towards this. On Saturday, Pink announced that she would be donating $500,000 to fire services in Australia, and also shared a list of local fire stations and their donation pages with her fans, reports People.
“I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires,” the musician, 40, captioned the post. “I am pledging a donation of $500,000 directly to the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines. My heart goes out to our friends and family in Oz ❤️.” Meanwhile, comedian Celeste Barber pleaded with her followers to help out in any way that they could.
The bushfires initially sparked in September and still taking Australia down in January. As of Thursday, there were 2,000 firefighters working in New South Wales alone, with additional help arriving from the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. Illawarra Hawks' point guard LaMelo Ball recently pledged to donate one month of his National Basketball League salary to help victims of the fires, according to a statement released by the Hawks.
Ball is American but he plays for the Illawarra Hawks, an Australian professional basketball team. “It’s sad to see what is happening on the South Coast of Australia,” Ball, 18, said in the press release. “People have lost their homes and everything they own. My parents taught me to help out wherever I can, so this is my way of helping out.” The fires have claimed the lives of at least 17 people and burned through more than 11 million acres since September.
As more than 130 fires continue to burn, ecologists from the University of Sydney strongly believe that almost half a billion total mammals, birds, and reptiles have also died in the fires since September. Please donate in any manner you can, even the smallest contribution can go a long way.