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Hamilton donates $500,000 to support victims of Australian bushfires

Hamilton donates $500,000 to support victims of Australian bushfires
By Eurosport

09/01/2020 at 16:35Updated 09/01/2020 at 17:38

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has announced that he will be donating $500,000 to help support the victims of the Australian bushfires.

Hamilton wrote on social media.

“It saddens me deeply to know that over 1 billion animals in Australia died a painful death, no way out, not their fault. My love of animals is no secret and I can’t help but grieve for the defenceless animals thought to have died so far, pushing certain species closer to extinction.

“I’m lucky enough to visit Australia often and I know first-hand how beautiful the country is. Keep fighting Australia. I’ve spent some time speaking to people in Australia who are working at the heart of this and I’m filled with admiration for everything they are doing.

Australia's bushfire season started earlier than normal following a three-year drought that has left much of the country's bushland vulnerable to fires.

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Thousands of people have been left homeless, while many in rural towns have spent days without electricity and, in some cases, drinking water. Military-coordinated rescue and support efforts are continuing.

A whole host of sporting stars have pledged various amount to help raise as much money as possible to aid those who have been impacted by the fires.

Additional reporting via Reuters