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Twiggy Makes Biggest Ever Australian Donation

$400 million dollars an Aussie first

Twiggy Makes Biggest Ever Australian Donation

Photo: Siobhan Heanue/ ABC News

Here's a case of leading by example!

One of Australia's richest men is donating $400 million to charity, and he's calling for more of us to follow his lead, and dig deep for those in need.

A number of social and scientific causes will receive a share of the millions from mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest, in what's Australia's single biggest philanthropic donation.

Russell Crowe was on hand for the announcement this morning, while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says it will change the lives of thousands of people here and around the world.

Twiggy is encouraging us to do the same, saying that while America has a stronger philanthropic culture than Australia, times are changing.

Among those to benefit from the generous announcement will be cancer research, education, equal opportunity and eradicating modern slavery.