Spurs guard Patty Mills has been a strong advocate for his home country of Australia and he took to social media on Sunday in an effort to create global awareness for the brush fires that have ravaged the country.
Mills tweeted he is, “encouraging unity and support for firefighters, wildlife and people affected by this unprecedented national crisis.”
My homeland is burning!— Patrick Mills (@Patty_Mills) January 5, 2020
What you need to know about Australia’s bushfires and the latest news and updates.
Using this platform to create global awareness. Encouraging unity and support for firefighters, wildlife and people affected by this unprecedented national crisis. pic.twitter.com/cLx1DKi5RF
The situation for wildlife is devasting and it will be months after the fires before the full implications on wild populations can be understood.— Patrick Mills (@Patty_Mills) January 5, 2020
There have been estimates by ecologists at the University of Sydney that over 480million animals have already been affected since Sept pic.twitter.com/fsPqtJgWGE
Mills shared photos and videos on Twitter of the wildfires across the country.
He also shared information on relief efforts, firefighters and the air quality in the country, which has reached dangerous levels.
According to the Associated Press, the wildfires have so far scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland. They have killed at least two dozen people and destroyed about 2,000 homes.
Mills is a native of Canberra, one of the most affected areas in the country.
He has received numerous awards and honors for his charitable efforts in the country, and for being an ambassador for the indigenous people of Australia.
Canberrans who are seeking advice on where to get P2/N95 masks.— Patrick Mills (@Patty_Mills) January 6, 2020
Work is continuing on how the masks will be made available to the more vulnerable people in the community who are particularly sensitive to smoky conditions & those who are unable to avoid prolonged outdoor exposure. pic.twitter.com/MZAQtevgAE