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Rugby players donate €20k

Ireland's professional rugby players donated €20,000 to help earthquake survivors.

The Irish Rugby Union Players' Association (IRUPA) gave the money to Concern's appeal from the association's injured players' fund.

IRUPA chairman Marcus Horan said: "The members of IRUPA hope that this donation will in some way help assist the humanitarian response of Concern in Haiti.

"We are urging people to make a donation and support the efforts of aid agencies in Haiti. A small donation can make a big difference."

McAleese gives our support

President Mary McAleese has told Haiti's head of state that Ireland was praying for his country, as the Government prepared to send in a team of specialists.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen pledged additional money and technical support for relief teams in the Caribbean state.

In a message to Haitian President Rene Garcia Preval, Mrs McAleese said "The sorrow of the people of Haiti has resonated deeply in Ireland and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your people."

US stars rush to donate

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have donated $1m (€700,000) to Doctors Without Borders, which has been tending to victims of the earthquake.

Actress Alyssa Milano, a goodwill ambassador for Unicef, said she would donate $50,000 (€35,000) to help buy medical supplies, food and water.

Actor George Clooney will host a telethon on MTV on January 22 to raise funds for victims of the quake.

And Oxfam's global ambassador actress Scarlett Johansson also appealed for contributions for Haiti.