Celeste Barber's bushfire appeal smashes its goal of raising $40MILLION

Comedian Celeste Barber's global fundraiser has smashed it's latest goal by raising  more than $40 million to help Australian firefighters, and the appeal continues to surge.

As bushfires persisted through light rain across southeast Australia on Tuesday, the online fund - running since Friday - was nudging $41 million and showing no signs of slowing.

Celeste, who won fans with her celebrity parodies on Instagram, has attracted more than one million donations from around the world.

Amazing: Celeste Barber's bushfire appeal smashes its goal of raising $40MILLION as donations continue to flood in - just four days after she first shared the Facebook campaign with her 1.8 million followers

Amazing: Celeste Barber's bushfire appeal smashes its goal of raising $40MILLION as donations continue to flood in - just four days after she first shared the Facebook campaign with her 1.8 million followers 

'It's just hit me, it's so much money ... it's incredible,' Celeste said in an online post as the fund hit $36 million.

She launched the fundraiser with footage of her NSW south coast-based mother-in-law, Joy Robin, who was caught up in the fires.

'This is our war. This fire is Australia's war,' an upset Ms Robin says at the height of the bushfire disaster in the video clip posted on Celeste's Instagram and Facebook accounts.

'I'm fine, I've got a car, I've got somewhere to be safe but look at all these ... all these people haven't.'

The money will go to the registered charity NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades Donations Fund. 

Pledged donations are due between 15 and 90 days.

'It's just hit me, it's so much money':  Celeste, who won fans with her celebrity parodies on Instagram, has attracted more than one million donations from around the world

'It's just hit me, it's so much money':  Celeste, who won fans with her celebrity parodies on Instagram, has attracted more than one million donations from around the world

Australia's bushfires disaster has attracted several high-profile and corporate donations, including $500,000 from US singer Pink, another half-million dollars from Australian actor Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban, plus $5 million from the billionaire Packer family.

Artists are starting to organise charity events to raise more funds, with award-winning singer Tones and I announcing plans for a Melbourne concert on January 28 to benefit the RFS, Victoria's Country Fire Association and Red Cross. 

The fires have so far claimed at least 24 lives, left dozens injured - including hero firefighters and volunteers - as well as destroying more than 1,000 homes and leaving about 500million animals dead. 

Going the extra mile! Celeste - who is known for her parodies of celebrities' Instagram posts - also spent the weekend buying much-needed supplies for firefighters on the frontline

Going the extra mile! Celeste - who is known for her parodies of celebrities' Instagram posts - also spent the weekend buying much-needed supplies for firefighters on the frontline

Stocking up: On Sunday, Celeste's husband, Api Robin, shared a video to Instagram of his wife 'getting some essentials ready... for those heroic folks fighting the blazes'

Stocking up: On Sunday, Celeste's husband, Api

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