World – ‘Hope For Haiti’ telethon raises $61 mn
MUMBAI: With donations continuing to come in from around the world,”Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief has announced that it has raised more than $61 million to date, a new telethon record for donations by the general public.
The telethon aired globally on several channels including CNN International.
The preliminary figure includes donations made via phone, online, and mobile. The preliminary figure does not include donations by corporations and large private donors, or iTunes sales figures, all of which are still being calculated.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation president and CEO Lisa Paulsen says, “The public has set a new standard of giving for a relief telethon with ‘Hope for Haiti Now,’ and the donations continue to come in – people can still contribute 24/7 via phone, web and text”.
Additionally, the Hope for Haiti Now album is the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history and is currently the number one iTunes album in 18 countries. The studio version of Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour), the original track performed by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna during Hope for Haiti Now is currently the number one song on iTunes in 12 countries.
Hope for Haiti Now benefits 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.
Proceeds from Hope for Haiti Now will be split among each organisation’s individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief. With the exception of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, each partner organization was selected for its history of operation and collaboration within the non governmental organization (NGO) community in Haiti.
Hope for Haiti Now featured appearances by former US president Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, 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, and Muhammad Ali.
More than one hundred of the biggest names in film, television, and music like Steven Spielberg and Meg Ryan also supported Hope for Haiti Now by answering phones and taking donations
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