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Friday, January 15, 2010

"Hope for Haiti" Telethon

A telethon ("Hope for Haiti") that will raise funds to assist the victims of the Haiti earthquake has been scheduled for Friday January 22nd from 8-10pm. Actor George Clooney will host the event along with Wyclef Jean and Anderson Cooper (reporting from Haiti). Funds raised will go to Oxfam America, Partners in Health, American Red Cross, Unicef and Yele Haiti Foundation. The event will be televised on eleven broadcast and cable networks. Some information is below regarding other similar telethons that have been held in the past.

  • 9/11 - "A Tribute to Heroes" - raised approximately $150 million
  • Hurricane Katrina - "Shelter from the Storm" - raised approximately $40 million.
  • Asian Tsunami - "A Concert of Hope" - raised approximately $18 million.

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Anonymous said...

Why is it that Oxfam America, Partners in Health, American Red Cross, and Unicef are inserted with a link- and Mr. Wyclef Jean's organization, and Yele Haiti Foundation is not? Please correct that.

Jessica said...

Charity Navigator doesn't have a profile for there organization yet, so there is no link to insert. I only know this because I happened to read this in a separate blog post a moment ago: http://blog.charitynavigator.org/2010/01/wyclef-jeans-yele-haiti-foundation.html Thought I'd share it!

Pete said...

How can you be sure your money is well spent with this organization? What's their tariff or overhead in comparison to giving directly to oxfam or redcross? I'm always suspicious of these celebrity efforts. Have they publish reports from their previous efforts to know what the donated vs collect ration is?

YIRA said...

Where are all these stars, when it comes to the poverty and missery haiti is going through, rappers, singers, actors, actresses, don't just write a check go into haiti and make thing happen. jean cliff can not do it alone, or shawn penn, go out there and get messy with haiti.