Formula One: F1 champion Lewis Hamilton donates $500000 to Australian wildlife rescue

Lewis Hamilton donates half a million dollars to fight fires in Australia

Bushfires have swept through large regions of Australia in recent weeks, causing widespread devastation.

Lewis Hamilton has donated $500,000 to Australian wildlife charities and rural fire services battling the country's massive bushfire crisis.

The six-time champion is an ardent supporter of environmental and animal welfare issues and has used his social media channels to highlight the plight of the emergency services and charities who are now battling the devastation.

Hamilton's donation will go to WIRES Wildlife Rescue, WWF Australia and the Rural Fire Service, BBC reported. If you are able and do not already have one, you can also make a donation.

Air-quality in the state of Victoria has plunged to unsafe levels and the Australian Grand Prix might have to be postponed.

The Formula 1 world champion pledged $500,000 and says he cannot help but grieve for the defenceless animals that have died in the fires.

And he concluded his heartfelt message by imploring his 14 million Instagram followers and fans "to join me in thinking about the impact we are having on our planet".

Hamilton posted a video of a couple rescuing a Koala to his official Instagram account, alongside the caption: "It saddens me deeply to know that over one billion animals in Australia died a painful death, no way out, not their fault".

Hamilton said he was "lucky enough" to visit Australia - home of the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit - often and therefore knew first-hand how "beautiful" the Oceanic country was. I have spent some time with the people of Australia who are working on this. with admiration for everything they did.

An public sale for cricketer Shane Warne's saggy inexperienced cap has additionally raised over £500,000 for the bushfire reduction fund. "Secondly, please encourage others to donate".

The state of New South Wales has seen more than 1,300 houses destroyed and around five million hectares impacted by the fires.

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has pledged to donate 200 Australian dollars for every ace he serves at all the tennis tournaments he enters in January.

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