Parris Goebel shows support for Australian bushfires in viral Instagram post

Publish Date
Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 5:36PM
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Parris Goebel has showed her support on Instagram for victims of Australian fires and hit back at criticism she's using the move for publicity.

Yesterday Goebel encouraged her 1.1 million Instagram followers to support charities like the Red Cross and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

She wrote that she would donate $20 to the Red Cross for every repost of the images on her account raising awareness about the fires.

Thanking her followers in an edited version of the caption, Goebel urged her followers to keep supporting charities like the Red Cross and the Wires Wildlife Rescue.

"Please do not ignore these images and facts! As I sit in the peace and safety of my room here in NZ I can't help but feel for all the families fleeing their homes, firefighters sacrificing their lives and animals dying because of these horrific bush fires," she wrote.

However, her fundraising efforts were criticised by trolls who says the reposting method was just for publicity.

She responded to a comment left by a person who questioned why she would only donate money if people shared the post.

"My brother brought the Australian bush fires to my attention and I actually had no idea what was happening as I wasn't seeing any of my friends post about it here on Instagram.

"I was sad not enough of my friends or dance community were talking about the fires so I hoped to share these images and bring some awareness to this.

"If you knew me personally…you would know I actually care about the world," says Goebel.

Users stuck up for Goebel on social media and supported her for not disclosing how much money she donated.

"Please remind your girlfriend who wants people to know she cares about the animals that sharing Parris's post doesn't remove your moral obligations o donate. Stop freeloading," one person said on Twitter.

Instagram does not allow users to see how many times a post has been shared, however the post attracted more than 437,000 likes.

A representative for Goebel declined to disclose how much money the star had donated and told the Herald the choreographer had "no further comment to add".

Goebel was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to dance in the New Year Honours List.

The world-renowned choreographer has worked with Sam Smith, Rihanna and Justin Bieber.

This article was originally published at nzherald.co.nz and is reproduced here with permission