Former Home and Away star Tai Hara has spoken out about his grief as a result of the floods that have engulfed northern New South Wales and Queensland, with his own home being flooded.
On Thursday, the actor posted a shot and video footage of Ballina, New South Wales, on Instagram, exposing the extent of the flooding.
He captioned the photo, “Devastated for my family and the Northern Rivers community.” “It’s quite upsetting to see our family home flooded.”
“Without clean water, a limited food supply, and no electricity, it’s been tough to reach our parents,” he continued. Here in Sydney, I’m feeling completely worthless.”
Tai went on to say that the only thing we can do is support organisations that are “in the midst of it,” offering critical assistance.
“If you can, please dig deep and donate to organisations like [the Australian Red Cross],” he added, before providing a link to the organization’s website, which can be found here.
“Your donation will enable teams on the ground to give immediate relief, such as allowing volunteers and staff to assist with evacuations, relief centres, and outreach services, as well as assisting people and communities in their recovery and rebuilding.”
Fely Irvine, a former member of Hi-5, also encouraged their fans to tag any additional community organisations in the comments area.
In recent days, a slew of Australian celebrities have used their own social media profiles to raise awareness and funds for flood victims.
Comedian Celeste Barber stated that her husband Api Robin and a friend travelled to the northern rivers on jet skis to rescue stranded individuals.
“Today, they went out again to do the same thing.” “They’ll go again tomorrow,” Celeste said next to a photo of Api saving someone from a flooded home.
“My heart goes out to all those affected by this bizarre weather pattern and the record floods,” TV personality Deborah Hutton wrote for all affected by the horrific floods.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chris Brown of Bondi Vet urged Australians to keep an eye out for displaced and injured wildlife.
“Keep in mind that just because people live their lives outside doesn’t mean they’re prepared to deal with harsh weather occurrences like this,” he explained.
Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky also commended ordinary Australians for their “heroic actions” in rescuing stranded flood victims throughout the disaster.
“My heart goes out to everyone who has been touched, and a special shout out to everyone who has a boat or jet ski and has jumped right into rescue missions.” Chris wrote, “True heroes.”