Clooney Schedules Celebrities & Entertainers To Perform On Live Haiti Earthquake Relief Telethon
Following a devastating 7.0 earthquake last week, George Clooney is starting a telethon to help Haiti victims. Clooney will be joined by rapper Wyclef Jean to rally support and raise money to help the embattled country. Clooney also revealed how the MTV Networks-sponsored benefit came together.
“You guys started it,” Clooney said. “The first call I made was to Judy (McGrath, MTV Networks’ chief executive). She said, ‘Yes, everybody will do it, everybody’s in’ and that they were thinking of doing it too. They got the ball rolling and we got every single network after that. So congratulations to you!”
Other TV networks have joined the telethon to broadcast from New York and Haiti. The telethon will air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT on Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. All donations will directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation. Facebook and MySpace are also a driving force by signing up as the official social-media partners for the telethon.
Clooney Promises Major Lineup To Perform
Clooney also promises a major lineup for entertainment including Bono, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys. More than 40 celebrities are expected to attend from New York, Los Angeles, and Haiti. Before the telethon airs, Clooney wanted to remind young people that there are many ways to help the people of Haiti.
“I would say, ‘Get involved, whatever you do,’ ” George Clooney said. “This is about compassion. There are times in our lives when people are really without help and in real danger, and this is one of those times. So whatever they can do %uFFFD%uFFFD” give money to one of the organizations that they like the best.”
At last night’s Golden Globe Awards, a lot of celebrities showed full support to the cause. Some of them include Ricky Gervais, Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Pen�lope Cruz, Paul McCartney, Jon Hamm, Adrian Grenier, Lisa Edelstein, Anna Kendrick, Joshua Jackson and Rosanna Arquette. They were all sporting red, yellow and blue ribbons.