The extreme temperatures and months of terrible drought have led to a series of massive bushfires across Australia. So far, the death toll has already reached 25, with more than 15 million acres of bush, forest and parks ravaged by the flames— 7 times the size of the area damaged in the 2019 Amazon fires and 3 times that of the 2018 California fires. As to the wildlife, it's estimated that 500 million animals have been killed by the fire, including 8,000 koalas (one third of the koala population in New South Wales), as the slow-moving animals struggle to run to safety.
All around the world people are looking on, shedding tears and giving their utmost support for Australia, including a handful of your favourite DJs. Don Diablo, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Peking Duk, Showtek and many more are making use of their platforms to raise awareness and urge their followers to donate to the cause.
Peking Duk Raises $50,000 For Australian Wildfire
Among these DJs are Australian duo Peking Duk, who took advantage of their canceled gig at Falls Festival due to extreme weather and joined pop star Halsey for a last-minute fundraising show.
Here's what Peking Duk wrote on their Instagram:
'Thank you for everyone that showed up and showed out last night. We raised $44,500 through ticket sales, merch sales and donations. Our heart breaks for the victims so we have decided alongside the Espy that we are are going to round up that figure to $50,000. The donation will be split evenly amongst RFS-QLD, RFS-NSW, CFA-VIC & Red Cross Fire Appeal. Thank YOU again but mostly, thank you to the firefighters and volunteers who risk their lives to fight fires and save lives, Australia is so lucky to have you.
Find out where to donate here.