On January 22, 2009 musicians, athletes, and actors alike joined in the effort to raise money for relief for Haiti. Over 100 different celebs volunteered to help take donations over the phone. The telethon “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” lasted two hours and was hosted by George Clooney and with the assistance of MTV and CNN. The large broadcasted event took place in a few different cities: London, New York City, Haiti, and Los Angeles.
Alicia Keys kicked off the benefit with a heart-touching song that made everyone tear up. Throughout the night different celebs touched the viewers hearts with songs and performances. Justin Timberlake sang an astounding version of ” Hallelujah.” There were several performers throughout the night and several actors who mad appearances to make sure that every cent of your money would go directly to organizations that aided in the relief to Haiti. The telethon ended by the words of Wyclef Jean “Enough of the moping. Let’s rebuild Haiti!”
The deadly earthquake that struck Haiti so violently, was a magnitude of seven. It left Haiti with pitiful conditions and severely devastated the country. Thousands of children were left without homes and families after the earthquake. The earthquake destroyed thousands of homes and left thousands upon thousands people injured or even killed. Several kids from Haiti were brought on stage that night to tell their story of what happened to them and what they are going through. Anderson Cooper who was reporting from the benefit in Haiti chatted with people who told of their horrific stories of survival.
Apple offered to post the performances and songs from that evening on the telethon on iTunes. Apple said that they will donate some of the proceeds to the Haiti relief. Some of the other charities involved with the benefit and cause include: Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, the United Nations World Food Programme, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation.