'Fleabag' Star Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is the Latest Celebrity Joining the Australian Wildfires Cause

Actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge has joined a growing list of celebrities making donations to provide disaster aid as deadly wildfires continue to rip through parts of Australia.

Earlier this week, the Fleabag star took to eBay, the online bidding site on which the outfit she wore at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards last Sunday will be up for auction until Monday, January 20.

With an opening bid of $77,000 in Australian dollars (which is a little more than $53,000 in U.S. dollars), the proceeds from the sale of the size-12 tuxedo designed by Ralph & Russo will be put toward relief efforts in the parts of Australia being ravaged by bushfires.

According to The Independent, Waller-Bridge plans to divide whatever profits her ensemble brings in between three organizations combating the fire devastation: Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery Fund, WIRES Wildlife Rescue Emergency Fund, and Wildlife Victoria.

"I'm very excited that this stunning, one-of-a-kind, couture tuxedo created by Australian geniuses Ralph & Russo will continue its journey by contributing to this urgent cause," the actress said in a statement following her wins at the recent Golden Globes.

She continued: "If money raised by its auction can help raise funds to fight the disaster in Australia, the future impact of this suit will be far greater than the luck it brought me and the Fleabag team at the Golden Globes last weekend."

Since news of the auction broke, designers Ralph and Russo have issued a statement in support of the TV show creator's decision:

"Being both from Australia originally and with much of our family still residents across the region, it is with a heavy heart that we watch and hear the news of the terrible fires currently engulfing such large areas of our homeland," the designers offered. "With Australia remaining so close to our hearts, we are delighted to stand next to Phoebe to support relief efforts with this special auction."

Waller-Bridge now stands with a long list of celebrities including actors Chris Hemsworth, Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio; musicians Pink and Sir Elton John; and sports stars Lewis Hamilton and Shane Warne who have supported fire relief in Australia.

As the Los Angeles Times reported, luxury labels such as Balenciaga, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Pomellato and Alexander McQueen "have banded together to make a joint donation of $1 million Australian dollars that would be earmarked for local conservation organizations," under their parent company the Kering Group. Balenciaga in particular will be designing and selling T-shirts and a hoodies with an image of a koala, with all profits from the sales supporting wildfire relief efforts in Australia.

At least 25 human deaths have been reported since the fires began toward the end of the summer, killing an estimated 1 billion animals and destroying several thousand homes.

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'Fleabag' star Phoebe Waller-Bridge spotted at the Amazon Studios Golden Globes after party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020. Michael Tullberg/FilmMagic/Getty Images
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