Blink-182 have raised more than $20,000 (£15,400) in aid of Australia’s bushfire relief efforts from sales of a line of charity merchandise.
The All the Small Things stars recently unveiled the new clothing items on social media, revealing they wanted to raise funds for the Australia Zoo in Queensland to treat injured wildlife after learning an estimated one billion animals have been killed in the devastating blazes to date.
“Australia is being ravaged by deadly fires, and we just feel so helpless,” they tweeted. “We put out a new merch line + donating all proceeds to charity. Let’s do our part to make sure everyone, the environment, plus all of these kangaroos & koala bears are safe.”
The new merchandise consists of black T-shirt and a black top with long white sleeves, with both pieces bearing the band’s name and a design featuring a koala, a kangaroo, the Australian flag, and a firefighter.
All proceeds from the sale of the special tops will be donated to Australia Zoo.
Fans rushed to purchase the special apparel, and 24 hours later, singer and bassist Mark Hoppus revealed their efforts were quickly paying off.
“Thanks to your support and generosity we’ve already raised more than $20,000 to help the animals devastated by the fires in Australia,” he shared. “Let’s keep it going!”
Blink-182 aren’t the only stars to do their bit for relief and recovery efforts – Elton John, Pink, Nicole Kidman, Chris Hemsworth, and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the celebrities who have made big donations to the cause.
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