Liz Cambage, Kia Nurse urging help in effort to fight Australia fires

Photo Credit: Lamar Carter

Take one look at the above map and imagine if the number of bushfires that are causing catastrophic damage throughout Australia was doing the same in the United States and Canada. That is what the continent has been up against.

According to another Twitter post, the bushfires in Australia have been so widespread that they would cover roughly the entire state of Indiana.

One of Australia’s very own, Liz Cambage, is urging assistance in the fight against the fires. She has even started a GoFundMe for donations to go towards the cause.

For perspective, this area is larger than the countries of both Belgium and Haiti combined. Twenty people so far have been killed, including three volunteer firefighters.

–Liz Cambage

Undeniably, this unfolding tragedy in Australia is climate change based…My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the fires and who have lost everything and we are forever thankful for the volunteers risking it all to save our country.

–Liz Cambage

Seeing as our government has somehow run out of resources and funding, I’m calling on each and every one of you to donate what you can to my GoFundMe page.

–Liz Cambage

In the above video which is on her Twitter and Instagram pages, she said the donations would be split evenly between the Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery and Relief, Country Fire Authority, WWF Australia and First Nation Communities.

To my fellow Australians, we are all in this together. Stay safe, stay strong and I’m sending you all big love.

–Liz Cambage

Cambage isn’t the only luminary of women’s basketball doing her part to help those in Australia affected by the fires.

Basketball fans stateside and provinceside know Kia Nurse as being part of the Canadian women’s national team as well as the New York Liberty. Basketball fans in Australia know Kia Nurse through her play with the University of Canberra Capitals of the WNBL, meaning Australia has been home for her away from the WNBA.

Her Capitals teammate Kelsey Griffin (also with the Minnesota Lynx) has also pledged $5 for every point her team scores over the next five games.

It began with the Capitals matchup with the Bendigo Spirit. Canberra scored 90 points in a 94-90 defeat to Bendigo. The day after that game, Canberra was scheduled to play the Perth Lynx, a team with Imani McGee-Stafford and Ariel Atkins on its roster, but it was cancelled due to the flames.

She later announced that the donations would be split evenly between the Salvation Army’s Australian branch as well as the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

The Capitals are scheduled to return to the court on Friday when they face Townsville.

Also lending a helping hand in firefighting and recovery efforts is another Australian women’s basketball notable in Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello. In her first tweet since July, she announced a $4,000 pledge to the Australian Red Cross.

Also, the WNBA itself announced its own $50,000 contribution to the Red Cross in support of the recovery efforts.

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