An emotional Margot Robbie shared pictures from her childhood in Australia while asking her followers to donate money towards the bushfire crisis currently devastating the country.
The Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood star addressed her fans through a teary video, in which she explained she didn’t want to show ‘more pictures of the devastation’ and the bushfires currently raging in Australia.
Instead, Robbie flicked through a photo album full of pictures of her younger self playing outside on her family’s farm in rural Queensland, where she made mud pies, rode motorbikes and learned to drive.
Check out the video below:
The 29-year-old actor, who was born and raised in Dalby, Queensland, but has since moved to Los Angeles, made clear she has not forgotten her roots as she begged her followers to donate anything they could towards charities helping in the crisis.
Robbie pointed out she doesn’t ‘normally do this’, but wanted to share ‘personal’ photos from her childhood to show how ‘beautiful’ Australia is and highlight a different side of the country that is currently on fire.
I’m sure you’re all aware of what is happening in Australia at the moment with the fires… I wanted you to see how beautiful our country is, because it is so beautiful and it’s really hurting right now.
It really, really needs you so please, please donate anything you can.
The Birds of Prey star explained, despite being ‘terrible with technology’, she herself had been on ‘so many different websites’ to donate. She emphasised it took less than a minute to do so, adding it was ‘really, really easy’.
Robbie went on:
Whatever you would have spent on your next cup of coffee, even one dollar would help. It’s so needed right now.
Please, please if you haven’t already donated, please do and let’s give future generations the childhood I was so lucky to have.
The actor tagged some charities as suggestions for who to donate to, including the Australian Red Cross, WIRES Wildlife Rescue, The Salvation Army, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Country Fire Authority.
The 29-year-old is one of many celebrities helping raise awareness for the fires, which continue to destroy lives, homes and land across the country.
Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban recently donated $500,000 towards firefighting servies, as did popstar P!nk.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg urged Australia’s prime minister to take action, in a post on Instagram, in which she pointed out Australia’s summer has ‘only just begun’, meaning there is much more hot weather to come.
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Australia is on fire. And the summer there has only just begun. 2019 was a year of record heat and record drought. Today the temperature outside Sydney was 48,9°C. 500 million (!!) animals are estimated dead because of the bushfires. Over 20 people have died and thousands of homes have burned to ground. The fires have spewed 2/3 of the nations national annual CO2 emissions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The smoke has covered glaciers in distant New Zealand (!) making them warm and melt faster because of the albedo effect. And yet. All of this still has not resulted in any political action. Because we still fail to make the connection between the climate crisis and increased extreme weather events and nature disasters like the #AustraliaFires That has to change. And it has to change now. My thoughts are with the people of Australia and those affected by these devastating fires.
Speaking of the devastating effects of the crisis, Thunberg continued:
500 million animals are estimated dead because of the bushfires.
Over 20 people have died and thousands of homes have burned to ground. The smoke has covered glaciers in distant New Zealand making them warm and melt faster because of the albedo effect.
You can also donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Brigades Donations Fund here.
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