Celeste Barber will host Fire Fight Australia, a concert featuring Guy Sebastian, Amy Shark, Queen + Adam Lambert, Hilltop Hoods and many more, in Sydney, on 2 February.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on January 13, 2020

Celeste Barber, the Australian comedian, writer, actor and Instagram star, has raised more than A$50 million to support the NSW Rural Fire Service as she announces hosting a concert for national bushfire relief.

Celeste Barber, a married mother of one, will host Fire Fight Australia, a concert featuring Guy Sebastian, Amy Shark, Queen + Adam Lambert, Hilltop Hoods and many more, at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on 2 February.

The fundraiser by Celeste Barber has broken all records on Facebook and all money goes to The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund. Her appeal has been backed by her 6.7 million followers on Instagram.

Businesses and foundations have also donated significant sums of money. Mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation has donated A$70 million, the Paul Ramsey Foundation A$30 million, Australian Jamie Packer and Crown A$5m, NAB A$5m and Coles A$4 million, BHP A$2 million, Westpac and Woolworths A$1.5 million each, ANZ A$1 million.

Academy Award-winning actor Bette Midler is the latest high-profile entertainer to announce a donation. She has pledged A$500,000 to match that of US singer P!nk and challenged Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp Executive Chairman and Chairman of Fox.

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, UK singer Elton John and businesswoman and media personality Kylie Jenner also donated A$1 million.

Heavy metal band Metallica donated A$750,000 and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton pledged about A$730,000.

Kylie Minogue’s family and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have donated A$500,000.

Celeste Barber was joined by Chris and Liam Hemsworth when she hosted one of two nights of a Make It Rain: Fund the Firies 2020 event at the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, in northern NSW last Week. Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky have auctioned a one-hour training session among four great silent auctions.

Bushfires continue in Australia as the death toll from the tragedy climbed to 28 when a Victorian firefighter was struck and killed by a tree on Saturday.

Cooler conditions and some rain in NSW and Victoria helped slow out-of-control fires but they continue to burn and are likely to continue burning for several weeks.

More than 1.3 million hectares have been razed since November 21, while 286 homes and 400 other buildings have been damaged.