Australia is in the midst of one of the worst bushfire crises the world has seen. Since September, entire communities have been engulfed by relentless heat and fires. The flames are showing no signs of slowing down - which means only one thing... death tolls are rising.
As more and more heartbreaking statistics surface, it's truly gut-wrenching.
But one Instagram model has come up with a rather innovative way to help. Kaylen, aka The Naked Philanthropist, decided to sell nudes in aid of the bushfires - and she's raised an incredible amount of money. However, no good deed goes unpunished - and Instagram has controversially taken down the model's account, but not before she raised an amazing amount of money.
Australia is being ravished by one of the worst bush fire crises the world has seen in decades.
New South Wales is suffering immensely at the moment.There have been fires reported in every state, but New South Wales is truly taking a beating by bush fires and is undoubtedly the hardest hit. More than 2,200 houses have now been destroyed.
NSW declared a state of emergency last month.What does this mean? Well, it grants "extraordinary powers" to the NSWRFS commissioner, including the authority to allocate government resources and direct government agencies in taking action, according to CNN.
The raging fires have had a devastating impact...
Twenty-eight people have been confirmed to have died in the fires since they started...Including several volunteer firefighters.
And it's not just the flames themselves that are having deadly consequences...Last month, the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measured eleven times the "hazardous" level, CNN reports.
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. Keep scrolling to see the heartbreaking pictures of the aftermath.
Australia has even been forced to make a global call for help...And it was Canada that 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...Including the U.S. and New Zealand, who have sent in more firefighters to try and help tackles the blazes.
But even with assistance from overseas...
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
People have been desperately fleeing to beaches for cover.
Australian Bushfires The surreal scene at Currarong in Jervis Bay with huge plumes from the northern flank of the… https://t.co/aB0ZUf6TYU— Liliane Breuning (@Liliane Breuning)1577965325.0
How long could the fires actually be burning for?Sadly, Australia has only just entered summer, meaning temperatures could remain high for some weeks. In fact, temperatures usually reach their highest during January and February, so there may be no end in sight for months.
The fires have also had a devasting impact on wildlife.Several of Australia's native species have been affected including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas.
And the latest statistics are some of the most alarming yet.
Koalas have been amongst the hardest hit.
But what's even more concerning...
And that's not all...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.
Residents have even been trying to rescue helpless animals themselves.
Now let’s talk about the animals lost in this #Bushfire crisis. Rare and beautiful species, unique to Australia, e… https://t.co/FuXC7nS9k4— Dr. Meraiah Foley (@Dr. Meraiah Foley)1577914002.0
A staggering number of animals have perished in the fires.And its only set to get worse. But the number that surfaced this week is utterly heartbreaking.
Over one billion animals have died.
And one Instagram model has had an innovative idea to help.This is Kaylen, also known by her social media handle, The Naked Philanthropist.
In some ways, she's just another influencer.
Model Kaylen Ward said she raised at least $500,000 for Australia wildfires with nude photos - The Washington Post https://t.co/MUKCaaKe1q— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST)1578355914.0
And her latest move is highly topical.Kaylen took to Twitter on Saturday offering her followers the option to purchase her nudes for $10 - all of which she would donate to help with the Australian bushfires.
She even included a helpful link.Meaning even those who didn't want to buy her nudes could help out with the cause.
Things took off fairly quickly.
Guys. Im so happy right now I am crying. We’ve officially donated $5,000 to save Australia. Thank you all so much!— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST)1578112787.0
Some donations were truly incredible.
Someone just donated $5,000! https://t.co/tqr1huodmX— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST)1578158094.0
I CAN’T BELIEVE WE RAISED OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS omfg— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST)1578257070.0
2 days ago, Kaylen announced she had indeed raised one million dollars.
Would you believe me if I told you we raised an estimated $1million 😭😭😭😭😭— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST)1578365602.0
But it has come at a cost.
My IG got deactivated, my family disowned me, and the guy I like won’t talk to me all because of that tweet. But fuck it, save the koalas.— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST)1578206903.0
And many have made this point.Rather than just sending "thoughts and prayers," Kaylen has actually taken action - and it's incredible to see.
And she's not stopping there.
I have decided to continue the donations in a new direction by giving someone in the LA area a car. I have a 2009 F… https://t.co/xg1MWbSuyw— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST)1578287101.0