Influencer raises $100,000 for Australian wildfire victims by selling nude pics
As devastating bushfires tear through Australia, people around the globe are doing their bit to help the crisis, which last week, was declared a state of emergency.
Whether it's donating to large scale fundraisers like the one established by comedian Celeste Barber, or making large one-off donations like the $500,000 given to the cause by singer Pink and actress Nicole Kidman respectively.
However, one social media influencer has come up with an innovative and highly successful way to help: selling snaps of herself in nothing but her birthday suit. Now, Kaylen Ward has raised over $100,000 for the cause and counting after beginning the initiative two days ago.
Taking to Twitter, she wrote: "I’m sending nudes to every person who donates at least $10 to any one of these fundraisers for the wildfires in Australia. Every $10 you donate = one nude picture from me to your DM. You must send me confirmation that you donated. Please RT
The model revealed that she had previously sold revealing pics for money and hoped that her regular customers would go into their pockets for the good cause. However, within minutes of posting the tweet, she was inundated with requests.
The Texas native, who now lives in Los Angels, revealed that she has now had more than 20,000 requests for pictures and is sending each person a unique photo of her baring all.
This woman risked her life to save a koala from the wildfire:
Like so many people, Ward was moved by the harrowing images of the wildfires and the devastation they have caused, in particular, to animals.
In an interview with the MailOnline, she said: "It's devastating and any normal person would be concerned and want to help."
When Ward began the initiative, she expected it to raise a few thousand dollars, however, she has now estimated that in one day, she has helped raise AU$100,000.
She said: "Someone sent me $5,000, so I’m sending 50 pics and videos."
The kind gesture has come at a personal cost, though, with Ward revealing: "My IG got deactivated, my family disowned me, and the guy I like won’t talk to me all because of that tweet. But f**k it, save the koalas."
However, despite Ward's good intentions, some people have been trying to take advantage of the offer for free nudes. Ward shared: "The fact that two people used the same photo to fake a donation is so disgusting. If you’re that broke that you can’t donate $10 to a good cause to literally save a burning country but instead scam me out of a free nude, you’re the lowest of the low."
If you would like to help those affected by the wildfires, you can donate to the relief and recovery efforts being made by the Red Cross here, and you can assist the animal victims by donating to WIRES here.
More donation information for the fire departments battling the blazes can be found below:
How you can donate:
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.