Telethon Hope for Haiti live Friday night to raise money for rescue efforts. George Clooney personally organized tonight’s live telethon for Haiti and a star studded cast is expected to show. Ellen Degeneres, Daniel Day Lewis and dozens of other celebrities will be answering phones for the telethon.
George Clooney said that eighteen songs have been placed on iTunes of that will be sung tonight, and people can purchase the songs after they hear them. See the video of George Clooney below speaking about the telethon.
The Hope for Haiti Now (HFHN) telethon will air Friday night at 8 pm ET. The program will air on several TV stations including MTV, VH1, 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.
Online Hope for Haiti Now can be seen via live streaming on: 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. internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic and MTV.
Donations can be made now to Hope for Haiti Now. Money collected from the Hope for Haiti Now telethon will be split among these organization’s for Haiti earthquake relief: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation and the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation.
Here is a brief list of celebrities that are expected to attend and participate in Hope for Haiti Now: Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Wyclef Jean and CNN’s Anderson Cooper for the event.
Musical performances include Madonna, Emeline Michel, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift. Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow will perform as a group. Beyoncé, Coldplay and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna.
Over the past few days, amazing rescues have been performed in Haiti as people have been pulled by the rubble after the massive earthquake last week. To see some of the amazing rescues on video, click here.
An eye doctor from Utah, Dr. Branson Call returned Monday from Haiti after an annual trip to help the people of Haiti. Dr. Call was in Haiti when the earthquake struck and amazingly survived, even though 30 medical students in the building next door all died. For several days he was unable to contact his family or friends because there wasn’t phone service or internet. His family wasn’t even sure he was alive. He spent several days trying to help the wounded before getting onto a plane to the Dominic Republic and contacting his family, according to ABC 4.
The country of Haiti has approximately 9 million people and is a mostly desperately poor country. In 2008, the mayor of Port-au-Prince stated that about 60% of the buildings there were built poorly and were unsafe under normal circumstances. An estimated 45,000 Americans are estimated to be in Haiti.
The Salt Lake City based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has responded and said that no missionaries from the US are in Haiti, but that an immediate relief project has begun to provide aid. In Haiti, the Caribbean Area Presidency of the LDS Church also provided immediate relief to the people there. To donate to the LDS Church aid for Haiti, go to LDS.org. For more ways to donate to the relief efforts in Haiti, click here.
To see a slideshow of photos of the earthquake damage in Haiti, click here.
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