Australian wildfire fundraiser reaches $20 million in 48 hours!

The devastating fires that continue to ravage parts of Australia has led to people wanting to show their support.

In just 48 hours a fundraiser set up by comedian Celeste Barber has reached a staggering $20 million.

Comedian Ms Barber has family who were evacuated from the town of Eden in New South Wales, where officials told residents to leave immediately and head north if they did not have a bushfire response plan.

She called the rush of donations “incredible”, and said the proceeds would go to NSW Rural Fire Service – a government-funded agency staffed by volunteers – and the Brigades Donations Fund, which channels charitable donations directly to fire brigades.

A number of celebrities have also donated money to support the fire-fighting effort in recent days – among them US singer Pink, and Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, who pledged $500,000.

However locals have said this is money that the government should have put in to combat the fires much earlier in the season and remains a long way short of the $600 million donated after the Notre Dame fire in Paris last year.

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