UFC president Dana White announced today via Twitter a company donation with its parent company Endeavour of $250,000 USD to the Australian Red Cross for wildlife disaster relief in the country.
The Australian bushfire crisis is devastating and they need our help.
— danawhite (@danawhite) January 10, 2020
Hot and dry weather combined with windy conditions have plagued the southeastern region of the country, resulting in numerous bushfires that have killed approximately 30 people thus far.
According to the Washington Post, a new ‘megafire’ threatened 1.5 million acres today, or approximately eight times the size of New York City. Firefighters were battling 147 fires as of earlier today in the New South Wales region.
It is estimated that up to 1 billion animals have been killed or adversely affected by the destruction of their habitat.
To support recovery efforts, UFC is joining Endeavor and its partner companies in making a $250,000 donation to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund,” White said in a video released online Friday. “The people of Australia are facing a long battle to overcome these fires and rebuild their lives, and they need our help.”
Several big donations have been made recently to help Australia. British rocker Elton John announced a donation of $1 million. Amercian pop singer Pink donated $500,000, and native son Chris Hemsworth pledged $1 million.
Australia is one of the UFC’s biggest regions, with 15 shows held there since 2010. One of the biggest upsets in company history happened there at UFC 193 in 2015, when Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey to win the women’s bantamweight title. At that point, it was the biggest show in company history, since exceeded by another Australia show, UFC 243. Over 57,000 people jammed Marvel Stadium to watch Israel Adesanya defeat Robert Whittaker to win the undisputed middleweight belt.