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Complete list of sports athletes and celebrities donating to bushfires

Posted: 23 January 2020 5:30 pm
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In the wake of Australia's devastating bushfires and crippling drought, some of the biggest names in sport are raising much-needed funds.

The biggest story of the Australian summer isn't David Warner's triple century, Ashleigh Barty's number one ranking, Latrell Mitchell's contract saga, Liverpool's premier league winning streak, the Big Bash's big crowds or Conor McGregor's comeback fight. All these stories are but candles in the wind next to the one event that is affecting us all.

We talk of Australia's bushfire catastrophe.

Lives have been lost, homes destroyed, entire ecosystems eviscerated and the environment forever changed. Real heroes are on the frontline giving their all to halt the wave of flames rolling down the eastern seaboard and across into South Australia – and they need help. As do the victims of what could be the biggest natural disaster in Australia's recorded history.

While there may be no rain, thankfully, there is Nick Kyrgios. That's a phrase many people thought they would never say, but credit where credit is due.

The polarising tennis star has as many haters as he does fans, but whatever your thoughts on the phenomenally talented 24-year-old, he has built himself quite a platform. When he talks, the world listens. And moved to tears by the impact of the fires on his home town of Canberra, he used that platform to call on sports elite stars to do more.

Kyrgios vowed to donate $200 of his own money for every ace he served over the summer. He then went out and sent down 20 perfect serves in his very next match. The act has inspired an outpouring of donations from sports stars across the country. Here is an expanding list of names that are doing their bit to support those in Australia that are hurting the most.

If you'd like to donate to help those in need, all the information you need is here.

List of bushfire donations by sports celebrities

If you are aware of a donation we've missed from this list, please let us know in the comments below. It's important to name and fame these selfless gestures.

Athlete Sport Pledge
Melbourne City A-League $2 from very ticket sold on w/e Jan 5
Melbourne Victory A-League $2 from very ticket sold on w/e Jan 5
Western United A-League $2 from very ticket sold on w/e Jan 5
Adam Saad AFL Took photos with punters if they donated at least $5
Bradley Hill AFL Auctioning his 2015 premiership guernsey
Carlton AFL $20,000
Darcy Parish AFL Took photos with punters if they donated at least $5
Dayne Beams AFL Auctioning his 2010 grand final medal
Dyson Heppell AFL Shaved off his dreadlocks to raise over $50,000
Essendon AFL $15,000
Gary Ablett Jnr AFL Auctioning Cats jersey signed by himself and his famous dad
Mitch Robinson AFL Helped raise $15,000 in video game charity stream
Richmond AFL Auctioning team-signed guernsey
Tayla Harris AFL Auctioning boots she wore during famous 2014 exhibition match
Trent Cotchin AFL Auctioning signed guernsey, four tickets to round 1 game and a family pass to club photo day
David McNeill Athlete $1 for every km ran
Josh Wilcher British Basketball League $20 for each point he scores and $10 for each three his team scores in next game
Andy Maher Channel 7 commentator $100 for every Chris Lynn six he calls
Commonwealth Games Australia Commonwealth Games $25,000
Aaron Finch Cricket Will match the final bidding price on his signed Sixes shit
Adam Zampa Cricket $200 for each wicket taken
Boxing Day Test Team Cricket Auctioning signed shirts from boxing day test
Brisbane Heat Cricket Matching donations made by their players
Chris Lynn Cricket $250 for each six hit
Cricket Australia Cricket Will host a Tripple Header for Bushfires including Bushfire Cricket Bash to raise funds which will see veternan players such as Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Justin Langer, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and Alex Blackwell take part to raise funds, $2 million to community cricket clubs affected by fires
D'Arcy Short Cricket $250 for each six hit
Fawad Ahmed Cricket $250 for each six hit and every wicket taken
Glenn Maxwell Cricket $250 for each six hit
Hobart Hurricanes Cricket Matching donations made by their players
James Pattinson Cricket $1000 for each wicket in SCG test
Jeff Thomson Cricket Auctioning his baggy green and cricket vest
Kane Richardson Cricket $200 for each wicket taken
Matthew Renshaw Cricket $250 for each six hit and every wicket taken
Mitchell Starc Cricket $1000 for each wicket in SCG test
Nathan Lyon Cricket $1000 for each wicket in SCG test
Pat Cummins Cricket $1000 for each wicket in SCG test
Peter Siddle Cricket $200 for each wicket taken
Shane Warne Cricket Auctioning his baggy green
Sydney Sixes Cricket Auctioning signed shirts
Toby Price Dakar Rally Auctioning signed Renaut race suit from 2019 Australian GP
Daniel Ricciardo F1 Auctioning signed Renaut race suit from 2019 Australian GP
Lewis Hamilton Fornula One $500,000
Australian Golf Industry Council Golf Set up Australian Golf Bushfire Appeal with 50% of total going to Red Cross and rest distributed amonst wildlife funds and golf clubs impacted by the disaster
Lucas Herbert Golf $40 for each Birdie at Vic Open
Matt Griffen Golf 25% of prize money from the Blitz Golf Pro Series
Sarah Kemp Golf $40 for each Birdie at Vic Open + $20 for each birdie at Australian Ladies Bonville Classic and Women’s NSW Open
Zac Murray Golf 25% of prize money from the Blitz Golf Pro Series
Hockey ACT Hockey $10 for each ACT goal for the championships
Hockey Australia Hockey Donate $500 per goal scored by Kockeyroos and Kookaburras in their FIH Pro League matches played in Sydney, Host a bushfre relief auction
Hockey Victoria Hockey $5,000 to Victorian Bushfire Relief
Jamie Dwyer Hockey Anyone who donates to her fundraiser will go into draw to win Jamie's signedRio Olympics playing shirt or stick
Kalindi Commerford Hockey For every goal scored during the first weekend of Pro League in Sydney (against Belgium) Kalindi will donate: $50 for every goal scored by both Belgium and Australia (Men’s & Women’s matches) $100 for every goal she scores
Lily Brazel Hockey Donate 100% of all profits from her apparel business to WIRES
Cranbourne Turf Club Horse Racing Auctioning off six all-inclusive sponsorship packages
MRC Horse Racing Will donate all gate takings from Mornington on Jan 24 and Caufield on Jan 25
VRC Horse Racing Will donate all gate takings from Flemington on Jan 11 and Jan 18
Damian Lane Jockey $250 for each winner he rides in January
Jamie Kah Jockey Donated double her riding fee and prizemoney from Caulfield on Jan 4
Tommy Berry Jockey $250 for each winner he rides in January
William Pike Jockey Auctioning Perth Cup trophy and winning silks
Jack Miller MotoGP Auctioning his 2018 MotoGP helmet
Australian Players NBA $1,100,000 donated by Aussie players in NBA, with help of NBA and NBPA: Joe Engles, Aron Baynes, Jonah Bolden, Ben Simmons, Ryan Broekhoff, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Thon Maker and Patty Mills
Dejan Vasiljevic NBA $5 for every 3-pointer through the season of US colleage basketball
Dirk Nowitzki NBA Matching Kyrgios' final tally of donations
Anthony Drmic NBL $50 for every 36ers 3-pointer in next match
LaMelo Ball NBL Donating a month's wages
Mitch Creek NBL $100 for every Phoenix 3-pointer and $200 for every Phoenix dunk in next match + Auctioning his Looney Tunes shoes
Mitch McCarron NBL $100 for every Illawarra Hawks or Melbourne United dunk in their next match
NBL NBL $300 for every three-pointer in Round 15
NZ Breakers NBL $1000 for all every three-point basket scored in a match vs South East Melbourne Phoenix. The resulting $13,000 donation was then matched by CEO Matt Walsh.
Lighthouse Sports NBL Agent $50 for every point scored by one of their players in next round of NBL
Netball Australia Netball Bushfire relief fundraising showcase match between Australian Diamonds and Suncorp Super Netball All Stars, Volunteer Day to help rebuild communities
Aidan Guerra NRL Auctioning six signed QLD State of Origin jerseys
Canterbury Bulldogs NRL $50,000
Chad Townsend NRL Auctioning signed Cronulla jersey
Curtis Scott NRL $5,000
Euan Aitken NRL Auctioning signed Anzac Day St-George Illawarra jersey
Nathan Peats NRL 50% of profits from his clothing brand, Jaded Republic
NRL NRL Round 1 of the competition set to be fundraising round
Penrith Panthers NRL Open training session and free barbecue breakfast fund-raising day
Wests Tigers NRL Auctioning 5 x team-signed and framed 2020 Wests Tigers jerseys, two game day experiences including tickets to a fully catered box, private meetings with staff and the team
Australian Paddle Team and Paddle Australia's athlete commission Paddle Set up a GoFundMe page with Paddle Australia athletes donating to the page
Rugby League Players Assosciation Rugby NRL stars auction jerseys with people such as Parramatta Skipper Clint Gutherson, RLPA Board member Daly Cherry-Evans, premiership-winning South Sydney prop Thomas Burgess donating items
Neil Robertson Snooker $9,500 pledge plus $190 for each century made by any player at the Masters Championship
Optus Sport Soccer $1000 for every goal scored in Premier League Round Jan 11-13
Oz Football Aid Soccer Host a charity match featuring footballers, Hollywood and television including Anthony LaPaglia, ed Kavalee, Simon Hill, Thomas Serenson and Shane Delia.
Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) Soccer $1000 for every goal scored in A-League and W-League on w/e Jan 12
Australian Football League State of Origin Special State of Origin Match for the bushfires and $2.5million to the cause
Alex Bolt Tennis $25 for every ace served
Alex de Minaur Tennis $250 for every ace served
Alex Zverev Tennis $10,000 for every match won at Melbourne Park, if he wins entire tournament will give entire $4.12million cheque
Alize Cornet Tennis $50 per drop-shot winner (her coach Sandra Zaniewska will add $50 for each ace, too)
Amanda Anisimova Tennis $150 for every ace served
Ash Barty Tennis Entire Brisbane International prize purse + $30,000 to RSPCA for fire affected wildlife support
ATP Cup Tennis $100 for every ace served by any player
Australian Open Tennis Rally for Relief exhibition on Jan 15, all proceeds donated. Includes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniaki and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Ellen Perez Tennis $10 for every ace served
Jan-Lennard Struff Tennis $2,000
John Isner Tennis 25% of entire Australian Open winnings
John McEnroe Tennis $1,000 for every set Nick Kyrgios wins for the 2020 Australian Open
John Milman Tennis $100 for every ace served
John Peers Tennis $100 for every ace served
Jule Goerges Tennis $100 for every ace served
Karolina Pliskova Tennis $200 for every ace served
Kiki Bertens Tennis $100 for every ace served
Maria Sharapova Tennis $25,000
Matt Reid Tennis $50 for every ace served
Nick Kyrgios Tennis $200 for every ace served
Novak Djokovic Tennis $25,000
Petra Kvitova Tennis $150 for every ace served
Priscilla Hon Tennis $50 for every ace served
Samantha Stosur Tennis $250 for every ace served
Serena Williams Tennis Entire winning cheque from WTA Auckland Classic ($62,000)
Simona Halep Tennis Every time she gives her Australian coach @darren_cahill a hard time during her matches she'll donate $200.
Storm Sanders Tennis $10 for every ace served
Katie Boulter Tennis $100 for every ace served
Conor McGregor UFC Asking public to purchase a t-shirt from UFC.com
Jorge Masvidal UFC Coming to Australia to join RFS, says he will donate proceeds of visit, too.
UFC UFC Pledged $US 250,000 with parent company Endeavour to Australian Red Cross
Scott McLaughlin v8 Supercars Auctioning helmet and race suit from 2017 season, then matching the winning bid
Thomas Randle v8 Supercars Auctioning Tickford Race Suit
Ellie Carpenter W-league $5 for every pass in Melbourne City vs Canberra United match
Abby Bishop WNBL $50 for every 3-pointer by either team in next Townsville Fire game
Kelsey Griffin WNBL $5 for each point scored by Canberra Capitals in next five games
Kia Nurse WNBL $5 for each point scored by Canberra Capitals in next five games
Chris Jericho WWE Auctioning the T-shirt he wore to the ring for his match with Hiroshi Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 14

List of celebrities that have donated to bushfire relief

Celebrity Pledge
Chris Hemsworth $1million
Elton John $1 million
Kylie Jenner US$1 million
James Gorman $750,000
Backstreet Boys Auctioning two meet and greet packages for the Australia leg of their tour
Leonardo DiCaprio US$3 million
Matt Moran $10,000 for every venue owned- $280,000
Gordon Ramsay Auctioning off a private lunch for one person and a guest
Metallica $750,000
Kylie Minogue and family $500,000
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban $500,000
Pink $500,000
Rebel Wilson Raised $100,000 by auctioning a private lunch
Russell Crowe $105,000
Dacre Montgomery Raised over $250,000 through donations
Flume $100,000
Jeff Bezos $1 million
Nick Cave $US 500,000
Bette Midler $US 500,000

A warning about bushfire donation scams

Unfortunately, some scammers may see the Australian bushfires as an opportunity to take advantage of peoples generosity. The government's Scamwatch agency has released a statement warning of this risk and noting that there have been scams related to previous crises – including the 2009 Victorian bushfires (also known as the Black Saturday bushfires).
Scammers could approach you in the street, through door-knocking or set up online donation pages that look legitimate at first glance. You can make sure your funds go to legitimate causes by checking the organisation's details before you donate. If you're donating online, make sure the website is secure by checking for an "https" at the start of the address, as well as the padlock symbol.
Visit the Scamwatch website for more information and report suspected scams to the ACCC.

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