'For Australia': $480 million megastar in viral video for bushfire victims

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

American baseball megastar Bryce Harper is doing his bit to help those affected by the Australian bushfire crisis.

Currently in Melbourne during the Major League Baseball off-season, Harper uploaded a video of himself completing the ‘Koala Bear Challenge’ - a viral trend that’s raising money for victims of the fires.

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The challenge is the brain child of workout recovery drink company FitAid - who are donating a percentage of sales to bushfire appeals - and requires participants to crawl around a gym bench without touching the floor.

FitAid have partnered with Aussie fitness fanatic James Newbury, who posted a video of himself completing the challenge to his 122,000 followers earlier this week.

“This week, FITAID will donate 5% of all sales from FITAID ZERO directly to our brave family and friends fighting the devastating fires down in Australia,” the post reads.

“Additionally, we are partnering with FITAID athlete @JamesNewbury’s GoFundMe to help raise even more funds for the firefighters, by asking each of you to do the #KoalaChallenge!

“Now through Friday, for every post shared of someone doing the Koala Challenge (photo/video), FITAID will donate $5 directly to the efforts of Australian wildlife protection services.”

American baseball star Bryce Harper has completed the challenge. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Social media users around the world have been quick to attempt the challenge, including Harper.

The Philadelphia Phillies star, who last year signed a $480 million mega-deal with the club, took to Instagram to show how he’d completed it.

Koala Bear Challenge to raise money for Australia,” he wrote alongside the video.

Sporting community rallies in support of bushfire victims

Harper is just one of many local and international athletes throwing their support behind fundraising for bushfire victims.

Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne auctioned off his prized baggy green for $1 million, F1 star Lewis Hamilton has donated $500,000, while Socceroos star Mat Ryan will donate $500 for every registered save by an English Premier League goalkeeper this weekend.

Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley announced on Wednesday that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Kyrgios will headline a charity exhibition event called Rally for Relief on Rod Laver Arena.

Australian Open tournament organiser Tiley also told reporters that Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniaki and Stefanos Tsitsipas will also take part in the event to be held on the evening of January 15.

Nine Australian NBA stars have also banded together with the American league to donate more than $1 million.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg announced the opening week of the 2020 season will be a dedicated Bushfire Appeal Round to raise money for those affected.

The NRL's plan will form part of a whole-of-game approach with the Queensland Rugby League , NSW Rugby League and the Rugby League Players Association working to devise a plan to maximise fundraising.

with AAP