As wildfires continue to devastate Australia, the Ironman foundation has launched a global humanitarian relief campaign.

A Whiptail Wallaby, macropus parryi, kangaroo with a baby joey in her pouch standing in recently burned out Australian outback bushland. Photo: Getty Images

The toll from Australia’s wildfires continues to grow – at least 28 people have died and over 3,000 homes have been destroyed by the deadly fires, and no end to the devastation appears to be in sight. Almost 18 million acres of land have burned and conservative estimates are that half a billion animals have been affected.

Ironman has made a AUD$75,000 donation to start off the humanitarian relief campaign.

According to a release from Ironman, “Funds raised through the campaign will be directed towards a number of groups and programs in Australia, including the Red Cross, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and the Blue Mountains Bushfire Mayoral Relief Fund.”

“The thoughts of everyone at The Ironman Group are with those who have been impacted by the devastating bushfires across Australia,” said Andrew Messick, president and chief executive officer for The Ironman Group. “Athletes, volunteers, staff and their family and friends have been affected, and so it is important that we band together to make a difference during this difficult time.”

The Ironman Foundation has created three different initiatives to “support those affected by the Australian bushfires” including donations, T-Shirt sales and volunteer opportunities at local service projects.

You can get more information at www.ironmanfoundation.org/relief.

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