Sir Elton John donates $1 million to Australian bushfire relief

Sir Elton John has promised to donate $1 million to help the victims of the Australian bushfires.

The I’m Still Standing hitmaker has admitted he’s been left heartbroken by the catastrophic effects the raging blaze – which has seen New South Wales and Victoria worst hit – has had on the communities, homes, businesses and animals across Australia that he’s planning to donate the lump sum, which is equivalent to £533,830 (GBP), to the country’s relief fund.

“To see what is happening here breaks my heart.”

— Elton John

Speaking live on stage in Sydney at the Qudos Bank Arena, according to The Mirror, the 72-year-old legendary singer said: “You should all be in awe of the work that the firefighters are doing. There are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes, there are people who have lost their lives and their homes. And last, is the plight of the animals and loss of their habitat that frankly is on a biblical scale and heartbreaking. Therefore, tonight I will be pledging $1 million. To see what is happening here breaks my heart.”

Elton isn’t the only celebrity to donate to the relief fund as Chris Hemsworth – who lives in Byron Bay, New South Wales – has also parted with $1 million to help those affected by the bushfires.