Russell Crowe shares the incredible impact rain has had on bushfire-hit land
Actor Russell Crowe has shared pictures on social media this week which shows the transformative effect that the recent rainfall has had on the devastated Australian bushland surrounding his home.
Taking to his official Instagram account, the Gladiator and Les Miserables star shared two side-by-side pictures of his 400-hectare rural NSW property, which is located near the village of Nana Glen, approximately 25km northwest of Coffs Harbour.
Crowe captioned his post: "My place 10 weeks ago after the fire had gone through, and this morning after a big weekend of rain. [sic]"
Last week, the actor also shared a short video showing some of the damage the property had sustained from the fires. Ash was scattered all over the ground, and the nearby trees and foliage were clearly scorched. Several ruined fixtures, including a horse trailer, were charred and blacked from smoke and heat.
Crowe tweeted at the time of posting: "Lost a couple of buildings, but overall very lucky so far. Chapel roof scorched. Deepest thanks to everyone on the ground. Some fires still burning and we are out of water. No livestock deaths to date. Horses ok. [sic]"
Crowe also posted an Instagram video in which he discussed the impact of the fires:
The fires had been causing so much damage that Crowe was unable to attend the Golden Globes Awards, despite being nominated for his role in miniseries The Loudest Voice. Actress Jennifer Aniston delivered a statement on his behalf.
Aniston told the audience: "Make no mistake. The tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is."
Jennifer Aniston read Crowe's statement while he was at home dealing with the fires:
If you would like to donate to the fire departments continuing to battle the blazes, please find information below:
The NSW Rural Fire Service has multiple options for direct donations. You can donate to the RFS as a whole, or to specific brigades. You can donate through bank transfer, credit card or cheque.
For bank transfers, there is a set bank account (Account Name: NSW Rural Fire Service, BSB: 032-001, Account No: 171051). This account is for the RFS as a whole.
This link will take you to the landing page for credit card donations. You can donate to the RFS general fund or choose specific brigades from the dropdown box.
In Queensland, Fire and Rescue advise that you can donate both money and items through the website givit.org.au. The website allows fire-affected communities to list what they specifically need, from water tanks in Yeppoon to school uniforms in Zillmere.
In Victoria, the Country Fire Authority has two bank accounts - one for specific brigades and one for the general fund.
If you cannot find the particular brigade you are looking for, you can contact them directly.