Millions of dollars have been pledged to help fight the deadly blazes currently tearing their way across Australia, but more aid is still needed.
Various celebrities have called upon their huge fan bases to donate what they can, and the latest to do so is the beloved Australian actress, Margot Robbie.
However, rather than show more photos of the devastation, Margot opted for sharing her own personal childhood photographs, and she had the most heartbreaking reason for doing so... Keep scrolling for the full story.
Australia is being ravished by one of the worst bush fire crises the world has seen in decades.
The raging fires have had a devastating impact...
Twenty-four people have been confirmed to have died in the fires since they started...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding several volunteer firefighters.
And it's not just the flames themselves that are having deadly consequences...
via: Getty ImagesLast month, the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measured 11 times the "hazardous" level, CNN reports.
The fires have also had a devasting impact on wildlife.
via: Getty ImagesSeveral of Australia's native species have been affected including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas. Keep scrolling to see the latest snaps showing the true devastation on wildlife.
Koalas have been amongst the hardest hit.
And the latest statistics are some of the most alarming yet.
The future of these animals are looking bleak.It's feared that animals that managed to survive the flames will need huge amounts of humanitarian assistance to get populations anywhere near back to what they used to be.
A staggering number of animals have perished in the fires.
via: Getty ImagesAnd its only set to get worse. But the number that surfaced this week is utterly heartbreaking.
Nearly half a billion animals have died.Ecologists from the University of Sydney have said that it's thought around 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have died since September. To learn more about the devasting story of one recused koala named Lewis, keep scrolling.
The Australian fire services have been stretched to their limits.Firefighters all over the country have been tirelessly battling the formidable blazes and are struggling to contain them.
There seems to be no end to the blazes.
welcome to 2020. Australia is literally burning. 4,000 people have fled to Mallacoota beach as a bushfire bears dow… https://t.co/2H0VUuWWAp— Tom Warren (@Tom Warren)1577768890.0
The country has been forced to make a global call for help...
via: Getty ImagesCanada was the first to respond and take action. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, based in Winnipeg, answered the call for help after realizing the bush fire situation is expected to continue for many more weeks and gave up their Christmas to help fight the raging fires.
Other countries offered their assistance...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding the U.S. and New Zealand, who have sent in more firefighters to try and help tackles the blazes.
And a number of celebrities have pledged forward hefty donations to help with the struggling fire services.
For these Australian celebrities, the crisis is much closer to home...
And the latest to plead for donations is the Australian actress, Margot Robbie.
The actress took to Instagram to address the issue...
via: InstagramAnd, in a video, she explained that she, "didn't want to share more pictures of the devastation", but rather some more personal photographs.
In the unusual video, Margot explained how she "doesn't normally do this"...
via: InstagramAnd went on to unveil a vintage-looking photo album, which contained photographs from her childhood.
She explained how these were her family albums...
via: InstagramAnd talked her 17.6 million-strong Instagram following through each photograph, slowly turning the pages and pointing at the pictures from her evidently very adventurous childhood.
There was an array of different snaps from her childhood...
via: InstagramAnd even some of her riding through the Australian bushland on a motorbike. Okay, my childhood certainly wasn't that cool...
The photo album was incredibly cute...
via: InstagramAnd had a wonderfully home-made warmth about it, featuring cutouts of her favorite Australian cartoons.
Margot can be heard laughing as she looks through the album...
via: InstagramAnd points out a cute photograph of her when she was learning how to drive.
There were many shots of various Robbie family members down at the farm...
via: InstagramAnd many of a young Margot rocking a "really awesome haircut."
But what was the point in showing these personal photos?
via: InstagramMargot went on to turn the camera back around to herself, saying: "I'm sure you're all aware of what's happening in Australia at the moment with the fires, and I didn't want to show you more pictures of the devastation, I wanted you to see how beautiful our country is."
With this, Margot begins to tear up.
via: Instagram"It's so beautiful, and it's really really hurting right now," she says, her voice breaking.
She stressed how her country needs us.
via: Instagram"It really needs you right now. So please, please donate anything you can."
The actress went on to explain just how easy it is to donate.
via: InstagramShe provided links to various charities such as the Australian Red Cross, WIRES Wildlife Rescue, The Salvation Army, the NSW Rural Fire Service, and the Country Fire Authority in her Instagram bio and Stories, and went on to suggest: "Whatever you would have spent on your next cup of coffee, even one dollar would help. It’s so needed right now."
She wants future children to experience the childhood she did.
via: Instagram"Please, please if you haven’t already donated, please do and let’s give future generations the childhood I was so lucky to have."