Elton John has pledged to donate $1million dollars (£525,347) to help the bushfire relief effort in Australia.
Elton, who grew up in Pinner, joins a list of generous public figures and celebrities who have donated in response to one of Australia’s worst fire seasons on record.
He made the announcement during his farewell tour in Sydney on January 7.
He told crowds: “It’s an apocalyptic absolute disaster, and you should all be in awe of the work that the firefighters are doing. In the face of seven years of drought here, there are people out there who lost their lives trying to save homes.”
The fires have killed at least 25 people and destroyed almost 2,000 homes and an estimated one billion animals are feared to have been lost during the horror.
In comparison to the UK, the fires, which began in September last year, would cover the majority of the South of England.
During his emotional speech, Elton continued: “There are people who have lost their lives and their homes and lastly there’s the plight of the animals and the loss of their habitat, that frankly is on a biblical scale and heart-breaking.”
“Therefore tonight, I will be pledging one million dollars to support the bush-fire release fund. To see what is happening here breaks my heart. We have to come together, and we have to fight – this is my bit towards it, I love Australia so much. To those who have lost their homes God bless I hope that your lives will be repaired very soon.”
To read more about the bushfires or to donate visit wwf.org.uk/updates/how-you-can-help-australia-fires