Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Metallica donates $750,000 to firefighters in Australia after feeling 'overwhelmed' by the devastation caused by bushfires

Donation: Heavy metal band Metallica has pledged to donate $750,000 to firefighting agencies in Australia
They might look a little rough around the edges but American heavy metal band Metallica have hearts of pure gold.

The musicians are the latest in a whole slew of international celebrities to throw their support behind charities supporting Australian bushfire relief.

The band announced they are donating $750,000 to NSW Rural Fire Service and Country Fire Authority in Victoria through their charitable foundation All Within My Hands, via Instagram on Wednesday.

In a statement released by the band, they said they felt 'overwhelmed' by the wildfires which are sweeping through the country.

'The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia are truly heartbreaking,' they said.

Then they urged others to 'join us' to 'do whatever' they could to assist while providing information and links to the respective firefighting organizations.

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We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New South Wales and Victoria. The resulting destruction and devastating effects on all residents, animals, the environment and the incredible land in Australia is truly heartbreaking. Please join us and do whatever you can to assist as we, along with our @allwithinmyhandsfoundation, are pledging A$750,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and to the Country Fire Authority in Victoria to aid in the relief efforts. @NSWRFS is the world’s largest volunteer firefighting organization and all funds donated during this State of Emergency are directed toward services related to and victims of these particularly destructive Australian bushfires. @CFAvic is a volunteer and community-based fire and emergency services organization which helps to protect 3.3 million Victorians, and works together with communities to keep Victorians safe from fire and other emergencies. Learn more about NSW Rural Fire Service and how you can help ➡️ Learn more about Victorian Country Fire Authority and how you can help ➡️
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Fans overwhelming took to social media to thank the band.

'You are truly the best! God bless you all' one woman commented.

'Absolutely amazing guys!! Thank you from Australia! Can’t wait for you guys to come back,' a man commented.

Another fan was quick to suggest further ways the band could help raise funds for bushfire relief charities in Australia.

'You'll do a fundraiser concert with a bunch of other rock bands like Live AID but you donate funds to Australians affected by the fires,' they wrote.

Other users quickly suggested U2, Pink and Guns N' Roses might be persuaded to join in, if Metallica did go ahead and plan an aid relief style concert.

The donation comes three months after the band was 'devastated' to indefinitely postpone the Australian and New Zealand leg of their World Wired Tour after lead singer James Hetfield, 56, re-entered rehab to treat an 'addiction'.

The catastrophic bushfire season in Australia has so far claimed at least 25 lives, destroyed 2,000 homes and killed close to a billion animals. 

Source: Dailymail

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