11 Leading Celebrity Philanthropists of Australia

January 14, 2014

1. Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman is Australia’s leading celebrity philanthropist. She is a recipient of Australia’s highest civilian honor, the ‘Companion of the Order of Australia’, for her unparalleled service to health care and humanitarian causes.

She is also a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and UNIFEM. She is a children and women’s rights activist who vehemently condemns violence against them. Inspired by her mother’s triumph over breast cancer, she also raised a charity for Breast Cancer Care.

2. Hugh Jackman

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Hugh Jackman is a respected humanitarian, who has supported at least 19 charities worldwide. Together with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, Jackman served at the 2009 ‘Worldwide Orphans Foundation’ as honorary committee co-chairs.

In 2011, Jackman made a giant stride forward in his humanitarian pursuits by inaugurating the charitable ‘Laughing Man’ coffee shop in 2011 to raise funds for numerous foundations and charities.

3. Rebecca Gibney


Known for her exquisite roles in popular television shows like The Flying Doctors, Halifax f.p., Salem’s Lot and Packed to the Rafters, Australian actor Rebecca Gibney is also a renowned humanitarian. She is presently an ambassador for World Wision, a charitable organization devoted to the cause of battling poverty worldwide.

4. Simon Baker

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Best known for his role in the successful TV series The Mentalist, Australian actor Simon Baker is also a staunch philanthropist. He supports charities like ‘Stand Up to Cancer’, ‘Artists for Peace and Justice’, ‘Thorn’ and ‘UNICEF’.

5. Russell Crowe

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Russell Crowe is one of those altruistic Australian actors who have been actively involved in charitable and humanitarian activities.

He is best remembered for donating a colossal $250,000 to a Montreal based Jewish school that was significantly damaged by an anti-Semitic arson.

Crowe also donated $200,000 to a rural elementary school in Australia to build a swimming pool for its students.

6. Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John

A gallant survivor of breast cancer, singer-songwriter Olivia Newton-John is hailed as an inspiration for women battling with the deadly disease. She used her own experience to enlighten and empower women with breast cancer, and collaborated with Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre to start the ‘Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre’ in Melbourne, Australia.

Olivia is also a United Nations ambassador, and supports various charitable organizations like the Red Cross and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

7. Cate Blanchett


Actor Cate Blanchett supports numerous charities like the Australian Conservation Foundation, Kids Help Line, Robert F Kennedy Memorial etc. She also helped in launching the ‘Who On Earth Cares’ campaign of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

8. Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Rush

Adding to his work as an actor, Rush is also a renowned humanitarian, and a dedicated UNICEF Ambassador. He supported the organization by raising funds for the devastating floods in Pakistan during 2010.

9. Toni Collette

Toni Collette

A renowned actor and musician, Toni Collete is also known for her numerous charitable works. She has supported charitable organizations like American Foundation for Equal Rights, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Feeding America etc.

10. Hamish Blake


Gold Logie winner Hamish Blake is a celebrated Australian comedian and actor. He created a hand painted bulldog for ‘Wear For Success’, which is a Melbourne based charitable organization.

11. Anh Do

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One of Australia’s most loved comedians, Anh Do is also involved with the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, and is presently promoting his memoir Happiest Refuge to raise funds for cancer research.