The Haiti telethon, a brainchild of host and movie star George Clooney for Haiti earthquake victims has been able to gather $58 million funds thus far for providing rehabilitation and restoration of the poor country. This fund raiser is said to have shattered all records for no such money has ever been raised by such an initiative. Hollywood has shown a really generous touch with this fund raising program.
This star-studded event not only had the who’s who of Hollywood but also from the musical fraternity doing their best to create awareness of the tragedy that happened to shatter lives of millions in Haiti. From the musical side there were Madonna singing a sad but melodious tune; Chris Martin playing piano at his best and crooning to the tunes, and Jennifer Hudson did her best rendition of the Beatles’ ‘Let it Be!’
Overall Mr. Clooney's Haiti telethon breaks fundraising records and has proved that when it comes to star power, this UN “movie” ambassador for peace is there to extend his help to the biggest extent of his power. In the event musical acts were performed by popular artists like Bono, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Haitian native Wyclef Jean and Mary J Blige. The spectacular event proved the humane side of popular movie stars and their unity when it comes to providing help to humankind.
Meanwhile other movie celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg and others, spoke to callers and also opened their wallets with great generosity for the event. DiCaprio donated $1 million for the fund which brought in praises from all quarters including former Presidents of the United States – Mr. Bill Clinton and Mr. George W. Bush. They showed their goodness of hearts by extending all possibly help to the victims and the Haiti Government.
‘The George Clooney-Organized Hope for Haiti Now: a Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief telethon’ was aired on countless networks so that common people can watch and also extend their help. The event was aired on MTV, ABC, NBC, Fox, and other networks.
This worldwide benefit was hosted by Clooney in Los Angeles and Wyclef Jean in New York where legends took to the stage for their attempt at goodwill. And the good news is that though the telethon is over with its collection breaking records, there is news that funds were still pouring in and are expected to cross and even exceed a good mark. iTunes too showed its generosity by providing all the songs sung in the event by the famous movie actors for a mere 99-cents per song.