Celeste Barber has raised over $3 million for volunteer firefighters in less than 24 hours.
The Australian comedienne set up a Facebook fundraiser on Friday and has since received a staggering amount of donations from around Australia and overseas.
At midday today, the amount raised – which will go to the NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades Donations Fund – has exceeded $3.4 million.
It is more than the amount raised by the City of Sydney and ABC fundraiser – which raised $2 million dollars on New Years Eve for the Red Cross.
The NSW bushfires have personally effected Barber who shared “tarrying” pictures of her mother-in-law’s home in Eden on the south coast of NSW along with a picture of husband Api Robin concern etched on his face as he awaited news from his mother.
“They are facing catastrophic conditions. The town has been left to fend for itself.”
On her fundraiser page, Barber shared her open letter to local member Andrew Constance pleading for more government support for the community as she expressed her concerns about what was to come.
This morning after the unprecedented outpouring of donations Barber shared her appreciation on Instagram.
“This is out of control! You are all out of control,” she wrote. “My love and appreciation for you all is out of control. Unfortunately, today the fires are due to get even more out of control.”