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Matthew McConaughey honours local Australian heroes

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 22/11/2020 Jabeen Waheed For Daily Mail Australia
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Matthew McConaughey has honoured local Australian heroes for keeping the public healthy and protecting the wildlife during last year's bushfires.

The Hollywood actor witnessed the initial devastation caused by the fires when he visited Australia a year ago with his Wild Turkey with Thanks platform - an initiative to preserve the wilderness.

And the Courier Mail has now revealed that the 51-year-old reached out to three inspirational families who tirelessly guided their communities through the catastrophe and helped them reconnect with nature.

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The Oscar winner praised Australians for having a 'very quick reaction to tough situations'.

'There are certain people where it's in their DNA – like Australians and like Texans, where I'm from – to go, "I'm not going to play the victim here, I'm not going to be victimised."

'Yes, this is tragic, but I'm going to pull my boots up, I'm going to pull my bootstraps up and think, 'OK, what am I going to do about this?"'

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The Dallas Buyers Club star was moved by the efforts of three families in particular and decided to personally reach out to thank them.

He spoke to married couple Dana and Sam Mitchell, who helped rescue more than 600 koalas on Kangaroo Island in South Australia while the fire swept in.

Matthew also chatted to Linda and Matthew Rudd, whose 100-year-old pub was the only business to stay open in the hugely affected town of Batlow, NSW.

a man holding a stuffed animal: Heroes: He spoke to married couple Dana and Sam Mitchell, who helped rescue more than 600 koalas on Kangaroo Island in South Australia while the fire swept in

Heroes: He spoke to married couple Dana and Sam Mitchell, who helped rescue more than 600 koalas on Kangaroo Island in South Australia while the fire swept in
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Victoria native Lin Baird spoke of his love for the outdoors while chatting to the movie star about helping locals reconnect with the wilderness on horseback.

Matthew, who is the creative director for bourbon brand Wild Turkey, has also revealed that all proceeds from bottles sold during November and December will go towards Australia's National Parks and Wildlife Service.

'Now, the challenge is how can we get people to go visit those places. Go there, even your tourism helps them out, just keep them alive and help them regenerate after the bushfires,' Matthew added.

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