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Celeste Barber: Australian hero

Celeste Barber: Australian hero

It’s bound to be a sombre Australia Day for a huge number of people around the country, as fires continue to ravage the nation.

Celeste Barber: Australian hero

A new survey from the Australia Institute estimates more than half of all Australians have been directly affected by the crisis, including the millions suffering health effects from bushfire smoke.

But amid the suffering and sorrow, there’s one Australian many people will agree has managed to provide hope in this time of tragedyCeleste Barber.

The comedian has not only managed to created a record-breaking fundraising campaign, but in doing so she’s revealed just how many people around the country, and indeed the world, are willing to help those in need.

Her fundraiser posted to Facebook to raise money for bushfire relief is the largest in the social media platform’s history, raising more than $51 million.

She was prompted to start the page when her in-laws became caught up in the devastating NSW fires.

More than 1.3 million people donated using Barber’s campaign, which was created to benefit the Trustee For NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund.

$22 million was raised in just 48 hours, demonstrating the incredible influence she has with her millions of social media followers.

Next up, Barber will be hosting the Fire Fight Australia concert to raise further funds for bushfire relief.

The concert is headlined by Queen + Adam Lambert, and 70,000 tickets for the event sold out within 24 hours.

Barber is best known for her satirical Instagram page on which she imitates fashion and celebrity social media posts.

She boasts a staggering 6.8 million followers.

As well as raising awareness of the fire crisis through social media, Barber has helped to raise spirits as she continues to post her funny and relatable pictures and videos.

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