Metallica Donates $500K to Australian Wildfires Fund
The devastating wildfires in Australia have caught the world’s attention including heavy metal band , Metallica, who along with their All Within My Hands foundation, have donated just over $500,000 USD to aid relief in the country as well as victims of the crisis. The band put out a statement saying:
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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,”
The wildfires have been burning since September and have killed 24 people, one billion animals and have destroyed hundreds of homes. Metallica is bringing attention to this cause to get their fans to donate as well saying in their statement
“Please join us and do whatever you can to assist as we, along with our foundation All Within My Hands, 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.”
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“NSW RFS 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.. CFA (Country Fire Authority) 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.”
Metallica will be playing a charity gig dubbed “Helping Hands” concert and auction on March 28, followed by a series of world tour dates and U.S. festival appearances. Tickets can be found here.
Frontman James Hetfield went off to rehab late last year and has not made any public appearances since.