George Clooney's Haiti telethon raises £35m

Monday January 25, 2010

The aftermath of the earthquake which struck the Caribbean state of Haiti almost two weeks ago has left an impenetrable mark on the country and people the world over.

Since the disaster stars have been coming out in support of earthquake relief with Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean at the forefront. 

On Friday night, the rapper together with actor George Clooney hosted an incredibly succesful telethon raising an almighty £35m for the earthquake's victims.

The internationally broadcast Hope For Haiti Now appeal had the participation of a host of stars including Madonna, Shakira, Jack Nicholson and Colin Farrell.

The event, which aired on MTV UK, major US networks and YouTube "set a new standard of giving," according to Lisa Paulson, CEO of the non-profit organisation that coordinated the programme.

"The Haitian people need our help, they need to know they're not alone, they need to know that that we still care," said host George.

Hope for Haiti will continue to accept donations for the next six months and proceeds will be split between the five actively working relief organizations: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef's Yele Haiti foundation.

Photo: ę Getty

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