Above pictures: Hope for Haiti Live telethon: Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Mel Gibson, Leonardo Di Caprio and others.
On Friday 22nd January 2010, over 100 A-list celebrities took part in a live national telethon to raise funds for Haiti Earthquake Victims.
Celebrities such as Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston; Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Robert Pattinson & Taylor Lautner answered the phones as people dialed in to donate money to help those in need. Each call was answered by celebrities on a personal level.
Some Gerard Butler fans were very fortunate to get through to Gerard Butler during the two hour Hope for Haiti telethon Appeal. The people who got through to Gerard Butler were extremely pleased to speak with him on a one-to-one basis.
Gerard Butler would like to thank everyone who donated funds to help the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.
According to the latest statistics (25/1/2010), ‘Hope for Haiti Now’ attracted 5.8 Million on line video streams over the weekend, 150,000 mobile streams, and 83 million viewers in the USA (Source: Nielson Media Research). The words ‘Hope for Haiti Now’ recorded over 1million Tweets on Friday according to Collective internet.
‘Hope for Haiti Now’ has raised over $61 Million to help the Haiti earthquake victims. The figure includes donations from the internet, text and phone. Donations from companies; large private donors and iTunes sales figures are still being calculated and will be added to this total at a later date.
The telethon event was comprised of various live performances. Song artists such as Beyonce, changed the lyrics to their songs to convey the scope of the tragedy. Actors such as Robert Pattinson shared stories of survival, courage and tragedy relating to the earthquake.
In a speech at the Hope for Haiti Now event, Robert Pattinson quoted the following:
“Underneath a flattened university, Maxine Fallon waited. She was crouched in a fetal position and could barely move. In the darkness and during the hectic sounds of the day, through the pain, the hunger and thrist, she prayed that someone would find her. And on the sixth day her prayers were answered, she was found because of a text message from the rubble sent rescuers to her side. Unlike any other event in history, our world has been connected to this tragedy because of technology. Twitter updates, Facebook pages with pictures of the missing and text messages for help. This technology is working right now to connect us, too. At hopeforhaitinow.org, you can donate and you can instantly interact with people in Haiti and anywhere in the globe. Join with those watching and see what they’re saying about something we all care deeply about — helping the Haitian people get back on their feet. Please go to hopeforhaitinow.org. Thank you.” Quote: Robert Pattinson
Surprisingly, the Hope For Haiti Now album is the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history and is currently the #1 iTunes album in 18 countries.
More funds are their way to help the victims in Haiti. Simon Cowell has recorded a charity single scheduled for release very soon. The charity single ‘Everybody hurts’ (originally by REM) will feature Miley Cyrus; Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Jon Bon Jovi.
If you have not yet donated funds to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake, you can still make a big difference by donating what you can to charities such as Hope for Haiti Now and Save the Children.