The earthquake tragedy in Haiti has been one of the most devastating natural disasters in the last few years, causing more damage that the Hurricane Katrina (2005) and tsunami in Asia (2004). And according to The Chronicle of Philantrophy, already in the first few days after the event took place, common efforts of individuals, governments, and organizations the total sum of donations reached more than $150 million, which is four times more than the amount of donations for Asian tsunami and by $42 million more of the sum that has been gathered for the victims of “Katrina”.
And this is very impressive!
Everyone, from young to old, from famous to regular Joe’s – are participating in raising donations. Ones of such active participants is the Irish rock band – U2, American rapper Jay-Z and the producer Swizz Beatz who teamed up to record a song for the victims of Haiti.
Last week, in his interview to the Irish radio station 2FM, U2’s guitarist – David Hallway – known as The Edge, said that the composition is almost finished, while Swizz Beatz twitted about it: “Bono, I and Hova [the nickname for Jay-Z] would like to say something about Haiti…Watch out for the further updates.”
“Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief”
Evans – the soloist of U2, Jay-Z and Rihanna would be among the worldwide celebrities, who will participate in the telemarathon in London, called “Hope for Haiti”, but the news on whether this song would be released as a single for the people to acquire in stores and online is still to be announced.
As the news about the “Hope for Haiti” telemarathon got around, more and more celebrities want to partake in it. This two-hour long marathon is organized by George Clooney and by the Haitian singer Wyclef Jean. This telemarathon is scheduled to go live today, January 22 and the event will take place in three different cities: New York, Los Angeles and London.
The donations would be distributed among the charity organizations Oxfam America, Red Cross, UNICEF, Partners in Health ? Yele Haiti Foundation.
Moreover, the African-American residents of Washington, DC that are part of the showbiz community of the city, are also participating in Haiti efforts. The hip-hop radio stations are reaching out to the listeners for donations, and one of the most popular live-music club of DC has been organizing charitable concerts with the local musicians-participants, the donations of which go directly to Haiti.
According to MTV.com: “Hope for Haiti Now” will air across ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en Español, HBO Latino and Canadian networks, including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television and MuchMusic. The event will be live streamed online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody, and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and FloTV. “Hope for Haiti Now” will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic and MTV Networks International, which is available in 640 million homes worldwide. “Hope for Haiti Now” will be available non-exclusively to all terrestrial radio stations around the globe and SIRIUS XM Radio as a one-time-only radio broadcast via the MTV Radio Network and Westwood One.”
For more information on what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET, and visit HopeForHaitiNow.org or call (877) 99-HAITI to make a donation now.