WORLD UNITES BEHIND THE BUSHFIRE APPEAL AS WARNE LATEST TO DONATE

FORMER Australian international cricketer Shane Warne has raised an astonishing half a million pounds (A$1m) for the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal by selling his famous ‘baggy green’ cap.

50-year-old Warne wore the cap throughout his legendary cricket career. 

The bushfires, which started in September, have taken the lives of nearly thirty people and killed thousands of animals as they continue to sweep through various parts of Australia.

Warne is one of many high-profile figures to back the appeal, F1 star Lewis Hamilton recently donated £380,000, while Brighton’s Aussie goalkeeper Mat Ryan has promised to donate £263 for every save made in the Premier League over the weekend.

They too are joined by a host of tennis stars, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, who have also pledged their support to the bushfire appeal.

While Aussie stars including Kylie Minogue, Chris Hemsworth and actresses Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman are among celebrities donating millions of dollars to help fight the deadly bushfires ravaging the country.

Singers Elton John and Pink have also pledged donations to help stop the blazes, as has Kylie Jenner, while actors Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe have also shown their support on social media.