Pink donates to Australia bushfire relief

Singer soon will play a slew of dates Down Under

BRISBANE, Australia -- Pink has pledged AUS$250,000 ($160,000) to Australia's bushfire relief program.

The donation will assist the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, which has worked at the frontline of support efforts for the thousands affected by rampant bushfires in the state of Victoria.

"My heart goes out to all those who have suffered so much in these circumstances," the pop singer said. "There's little anyone can do at such a long distance away, but I wanted to make a tangible expression of support."

Pink is at the highest rung of pop stardom in Australia. The artist will soon embark on a 40-plus-date nationwide "Funhouse" arena tour, which includes a 13-show run at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena, a record-breaking 10 performances at the Sydney Entertainment Center and nine gigs at the Brisbane Entertainment Center. Her "Funhouse" album (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment) is certified six times platinum (420,000-plus units) down under.

The American performer in the latest in a succession of local and international acts to devote time and money for Victoria's bushfire-hit communities. Among them are Dutch classical showman Andre Rieu, who has created a fundraising single "Yours Forever," due Feb. 23, while a charitable compilation of international Sony Music recordings is nearing platinum shipments (70,000).