Twitch Streamers Raise Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Fight Australian Bushfires

Twitch Streamers Raise Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Fight Australian Bushfires
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Australia is on fire. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, countless people have been displaced, and 24 people have died. More than 15.6 million acres of land have burned. All this, and Australian summer is only just beginning. With the government failing to act against the blisteringly obvious effects of climate change, some streamers are doing their best to help.

In recent days, a handful of streamers have directed charitable efforts toward the ongoing disaster in Australia. Most notably, Australian streamers Loserfruit, Fasffy, and Crayator led the charge earlier this week with a marathon stream that started with a goal of $US15,000 ($21,828) AUD, only to blow past it in under an hour. A multitude of guests joined the stream, including Brodie, BazzaGazza, GraceWatkins, Lazarbeam, LivBevan, Marcus, MrWoofless, Mully, Muselk, and Tannar—most of whom also hail from Australia. They ended up extending the stream to 36 hours, with streamers taking breaks as needed. They spent their time talking, accepting dares from chat, watching videos of the fires, and discussing their effects. They also did shoeys, a time-honoured Australian tradition in which one drinks beer from a shoe.

In the end, the stream pulled in $US318,511 ($463,497) AUD, or around $220,000 USD ($320,144), all of which will be divided between the NSW Rural Fire Service, the Australian Red Cross, and Wires, a wildlife rescue organisation. Significant chunks of that total came from popular non-Australian streamers like Dakotaz, Trainwreck, Pokimane, VikkStar, Corinna Kopf, and xQc. Some have also spearheaded their own fundraising efforts, with Pokimane imploring fans on Twitter to donate and promising to follow anybody who does so.

Australian streamer PaladinAmber, who repeatedly went viral last year with broadcast news-style clips of herself calling out men who said disgusting things to her on stream, hosted a smaller fundraising stream of her own and pulled in $US5,000 ($7,276) AUD, which she donated to the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland. She also made a special breaking news segment for the occasion.

“Are you thirsty?” PaladinAmber said. “Well so is our fucking country… When a whole country is burning and no one is doing anything about it or speaking about it and it still won’t make national news, I like to think that maybe I should take matters into my own hands and do the news, you know? So here it is: Help. Australia’s on fire. Our prime minister won’t do shit about it. Send some help. Do something. Talk about it. Get your rich friends involved. Donate to the people who are fighting the fires. It’s a lot. We’re on fire, and it’s only just begun summer. Help.”

Comments

  • At one level, I know I’m meant to see this as heart-warming and touching, that ordinary, every day people are making contributions towards something that shows they care – contributions that equate to a real sacrifice on their part.

    But on another level, it makes me angry and sad. Ordinary, regular folk shouldn’t have to be making these sacrifices. Not when there’s so much wealth being used so poorly, that could be tapped instead.

    Celebrating this is just ingraining the fact that the government could – on a whim, with a moment’s notice – dwarf all combined donations total into irrelevance with a sum orders of magnitudes higher. And they could do that, sacrificing many of the very generous assistance programs and subsidies they afford to wealthy, foreign, destructive and exploitative interests.

    Many billionaires across the globe could do the same without noticing any difference to their daily comfort or continued security of wealth. It would be nothing to them. Like throwing away the change in their car’s cup-holder. But instead, we have people deciding to do without, people with debts throwing a little of their disposable income to others instead of their own financial health.

    This shouldn’t be necessary. This isn’t right.

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