The Golden Globe Awards are underway in Los Angeles. It should be a night of nerves, celebration and glamour. But for Margot Robbie – and a slew of Australian talent – it’s hard to really get excited about anything when you know the realities of what is happening on home soil.
Just hours before one of the biggest nights of her life (Robbie is nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in her new film Bombshell), the actor posted an emotional plea to her fans to donate to the relief organisations helping to fight the deadly bushfires in Australia.
“Guys I don’t normally do this but I wanted to share some personal photos from my childhood,” the 29-year-old actress said in an Instagram post as she shared photos of herself as a child on her farm in Queensland. “I’m sure you’re all aware of what’s happening in Australia at the moment with the fires. I didn’t want to show you more pictures of the devastation.”
“I wanted you to see how beautiful our country is because it is so beautiful and it’s really, really hurting right now and it really, really needs you,” she said. “So please, please donate anything you can.”
“I went on so many different websites to donate,” she continued. “They took me less than a minute to donate to each and I’m terrible at technology and it was really, really easy. For whatever you were going to spend on your next cup of coffee, even a dollar would help.”
She added, tearfully “It’s so needed right now. Please, please if you haven’t already donated, please do and let’s give future generations the kind of childhood that I was so lucky to have.”
At the time of publish, 23 people have lost their lives in fires across the country and 500 million animals have been killed. Temperatures sit daily above 40 degrees celsius and widespread drought conditions mean the 200 fires burning remain unrelenting, volatile and some uncontained.
Margot, thank you.