Lewis Hamilton has pledged more than £250,000 towards the Australian bushfire relief effort.
The six-time F1 world champion, a passionate supporter of environmental and animal welfare issues, says he is donating $500,000 in support.
Hamilton posted on Twitter: “It breaks my heart to see the devastation the Australian bushfires are causing to people and animals across the country.
“I’m pledging $500k to support the animals, wildlife volunteers and rural fire services. If you are able to, and you haven’t already then you can donate too.”
The devastating fires have burned through more than 10.3m hectares of land since September and caused the deaths of 27 people. A study estimates that 1bn animals have now been killed.
Hamilton added on Instagram: “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.”
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