Haiti telethon raises 57 million
Published 25/01/2010 | 12:38
George Clooney's Hope for Haiti Now telethon has raised a record-setting 57 million dollars - and counting.
The two-hour telethon, organised by the Up In The Air actor, aired on TV and online on Friday night and featured stars such as Brad Pitt, Beyonce, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen using their presence to encourage donations for Haiti following the January 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 people.
Organisers said the total does not include donations by corporations or via iTunes.
People can still donate via text, phone or through the Hope For Haiti website.
RnB singer Alicia Keys kicked off the two-hour broadcast with a performance of her song Prelude To A Kiss. Setting a sombre tone for the evening, she sang: "Can you send me an angel to guide me?"
Clooney told viewers: "The Haitian people need our help. They need to know that they are not alone. They need to know that we still care."
Then, after an impassioned plea from actress Halle Berry, rocker Bruce Springsteen dedicated a song for the impoverished Caribbean state - We Shall Overcome.
Coldplay's Chris Martin joined fellow rock and pop royalty Bono, Jay-Z and Beyonce in London for the broadcast, with dozens of other celebrities including Justin Timberlake pleading for donations in the US.