Influencer who raised $1 million selling nudes for Australia can't keep up with donations
The influencer who raised $1 million selling nudes for donations to the Australian bushfire appeal has revealed she can't keep up with donations.
American influencer Kaylen Ward, 20, launched the selfless scheme last week which saw her exchange one nude picture for every $10 donation to the Australian bushfire appeal. Initially hoping to make a few thousand dollars, MailOnline reports, within the first two days, she had already raised $100,000 and that number is growing by the hour.
This Australian border collie saved a flock of sheep from a raging bushfire:
Now, she has announced that an estimated $1 million has been raised to help the situation, which has claimed the lives of an estimated half a billion animals.
Taking to the platform where it all began, she wrote: "Would you believe me if I told you we raised an estimated $1 million."
She then revealed that she was no longer sending nudes to people because she simply couldn't keep up with demand: "Just to be clear, I am not sending any more pictures to anyone. It's not possible. Sorry. Atleast you can feel good for donating! [sic]"
However, despite making such a real difference to the cause, Ward has come under fire for using her now considerably larger social media following to promote her OnlyFans account.
In fact, some even accused her of keeping some of the money for herself, but she assured her followers that she "did not make a single dime from the donations".
The model defended her actions, writing: "For everyone saying I only did this to promote my only fans… y'all are insane. I raised over a million dollars, offered my product (my nude photos) for FREE and spent money and time sending that free product to thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people."
Ward explained that she created the scheme because she "wanted to do something good", even when that came at the cost of "being exposed on the internet to millions and millions of people."
The 20-year-old wrote that the scheme "isn't even really about" her.
Thankfully, despite the criticism Ward has received, social media has almost entirely been in her favor, and there is no doubt that her innovative scheme will make a huge difference to many people and animals affected by the bushfires.
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.