Bette Midler Pink donation, $500,000 towards the local fire services

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Bette Midler Pink donation, $500,000 towards the local fire services.

Bette Midler has pledged to donate $500,000 to the Australian bushfire relief efforts in a tweet challenging News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch.

Midler said she would match Pink’s donation, after the singer pledged $500,000 towards “the local fire services that are battling so hard on the frontlines” of the bushfire crisis.

“I stand with you Pink,” Midler said.

“I will match you, and while I’m at it, what do you think Rupert Murdoch will be doing for the country of his birth?”

Midler has been vocal about the bushfire crisis, previously criticising Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s leadership in a tweet earlier this month.

The singer and actor has joined a growing list of celebrities pledging money to the bushfire relief effort.

Elton John pledged $1 million as he closed his Sydney show, with actor Chris Hemsworth and reality TV star Kylie Jenner also donating $1 million.

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Members of metal band Metallica said they donated $750,000, while Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has pledged about $730,000.

Kylie Minogue’s family and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have each said they would donate $500,000.

Celeste Barber’s fundraiser has so far attracted more than $50 million in donations.

Sound Relief eying off Elton John for concerts
Australian event promoter Michael Gudinski, who co-organised the Sound Relief concerts in 2009 to help victims of the Victorian bushfires, said he was hosting another series of concerts this year.

Speaking to ABC News, Mr Gudinski said the concerts would be staged across five cities and possibly New Zealand some time after the beginning of March.

“It’s too early to tell you the line ups and everything else,” he said.

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“I’ve got no one signed up, but the two people who would be at the top of my list would be Sir Elton [John], who’s spent so much time here and is just such a generous person — he’s already donated a million bucks.

“And his little mate… Ed Sheeran.”

Mr Gudinski also hinted at other big names, such as Kylie Minogue and Pink, without confirming the artists would make it to the final line up.

“Bruce Springsteen’s management sent me a note, I know how many people love and respect that guy and how serious his music is,” he said.

Fleabag star auctions suit
Actor and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge is auctioning off the Ralph & Russo couture tuxedo she wore to the Golden Globe Awards last week.

The Australian designers black Chantilly lace suit was custom-made for Waller-Bridge, featuring silk and a gold ribbon applique.

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Waller-Bridge signed the label, detailing the encounters the suit had with other celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Elton John and Oliva Colman in a video posted by the Fleabag Twitter account.

“Ralph and Russo are both Australian, so this cause is very, very close to their hearts,” she said.

“We’re raising money for charities that really, really know what they’re doing so you can be rest assured that the money’s going right to where it needs to go.”

The money raised in the auction will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, Wildlife Rescue Emergency Fund (WIRES) and Wildlife Victoria.

Bids are open for the suit on eBay, with the auction closing on January 20.

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