UPDATE (Jan. 8, 2020, 12:27 p.m.): Hannah shared more details about her relief efforts with The Daily Dish via email. "The money will go directly to the Rural NSW Fire Service who have been working around the clock to contain these awful fires," she said. "It’s important we all try to help, in any way possible to help those affected.”
The Below Deck Med chief stew also shared how she and her family, who live in Australia, have been coping during this difficult time. “It’s horrible. The air quality is so bad that you can’t go outside. My family has been fortunate thus far, but the fires are nearing my dad’s home and the casualties are increasing," she shared. "We need to do something and help those who are in need. There are more than 100 uncontrolled fires still burning in NSW [New South Wales] alone and they desperately need help.”
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The Below Deck Mediterranean chief stew shared in a post on Instagram on January 3 that she is auctioning off her favorite pair of sunglasses, which we've seen her wear throughout her time on the show, in an effort to raise money for relief efforts. "Hi guys. I hope 2020 is treating you well. As you may be aware Australia is in dire straits at the moment and my hometown of New South Wales has been declared in a state of emergency," Hannah shared in the post. "I’ve been racking my brain of how I can help and I’ve decided to auction off my absolute favourite pair of sunglasses."
Hannah continued, "You’ve been watching me wear these @celine [sunglasses] for 3 seasons now and I have had HUNDREDS of DM’s asking where they are from - here’s your chance to own them! They are no way in perfect condition but they hold a lot of sentimental value to me and let’s be honest - have had a lot of air time!"
Hannah shared several photos of herself wearing the sunglasses on Below Deck Med, as well as during some of her own notable life moments like meeting Chrissy Teigen. She said she planned to auction the sunglasses off through Instagram now through January 13. "Every little bit is going to help those in need and this is what I came up with. Please dig deep," she wrote. "Thank you in advance."
The chief stew said in her post that she hoped to raise at least $500, but the bidding has far exceeded her expectations, earning $3,100 as of January 6. "And the amazing woman who was outbid is still going to donate the $3000 so all up $6100 raised!! Which is amazing," Hannah said. "And thank you so much to all the people who have donated what they can."
In addition to raising money, Hannah has also been raising awareness of the devastation to Australia as the wildfires continue to rage on. She has been sharing heartbreaking updates on the destruction to her home country with her followers through her Instagram Stories.
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