Australian comedian Celeste Barber has raised more than $32 million in a Facebook fundraiser to support the fire department in fighting australian wildfires,media outlet The Verge reported. And that set a global record on Facebook’s fundraising platform.
Barber launched a fundraising campaign on January 3rd, receiving donations from users around the world. The funds will go to the PayPal Giving Foundation, which will distribute the donations to trustees of the NSW Rural Fire and Brigade Donation Foundation. Typically, the process can take two to three weeks, but PayPal told Business Insider Australia that the agency will speed up the process.
The start of the fires in New South Wales led the Australian government to declare a state of emergency in November. In hot and dry climates, the fire has spread across the Australian mainland, spreading over 15 million acres. Local authorities evacuated thousands of people and so far at least 25 people have died. Smoke from the fires has caused unprecedented air pollution in the Australian capital.
Facebook launched its personal fundraising feature in 2017 to allow fundraising on its platform. It limits the categories that users can raise, including medical expenses, crises and disaster relief, personal emergencies, and help for people after a family member’s death. The feature is an extension of Facebook’s charitable fundraising feature launched in 2015.