Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky are giving back to their home of Australia. The continent, which is home to the actors and their three children, has been dealing with devastating brush fires that have destroyed millions of acres of land, displaced residents, left thousands of animals dead and displaced and killed 25 people. Chris and Elsa are taking action and have decided to donate $1 million to wildfire relief organizations. In an emotional post via social media, the Avengers star made the announcement and encouraged his followers to do the same.
"As you're well aware, the bushfires in Australia have caused massive devastation. They continue to burn, there's warmer weather on its way, we're really still in the thick of it here and there's plenty of challenging times ahead,” the Thor star told the camera.
"What we need is your support and your donations. I'm going to put forward a million dollars and was hoping that all of you could contribute in any way, shape or form. Every dollar counts. That money goes directly to the firefighters, the people on the frontline, the people who have suffered, the communities that have taken a hit and who are in desperate need of our support."
Alongside the emotional post, the 36-year-old star encouraged his followers to do the same. "Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia. “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.”
Elsa, shared the video with her over 3.4 million followers along with the same message. Chris and Elsa are part of a wider group of celebrities who have donated and raised awareness about the devastation.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, who have a home in Australia, pledged $500,000 to the efforts. During a pre-Golden Globes appearance, the Big Little Lies actress was visibly upset at the news. “I’m so distracted right now with everything going on in Australia,” she told reporters.