Stars Come Out for 'Help for Haiti Now' Telethon
Parts of the broadcast were done in New York
Justin Timberlake waits to answer phones during the Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief telethon Jan. 22 in Los Angeles, California.
Hollywood’s brightest stars came together Friday night and used their star power to raise awareness and money for earthquake ravaged Haiti.
The telethon, entitled, “Help for Haiti Now” featured musical acts and powerful real life survival stories.
There was a long list of performers from New York, Los Angeles, to London. New York-native Alicia Keys opened the show and she was followed by Coldplay. From Kaufman Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna performed. In London, U2’s Bono, Jay-Z and Rihanna performed a number together.
Actor George Clooney who helped spearhead this telethon along with Haiti’s native son, Wyclef Jean, said “The Haitian people need our help. They need to know they are not alone.”
During the telethon, celebrities were shown in the background answering phones and talking to people who made donations.
“That Janette survived at all is a miracle,” said Nicole Kidman as she told the real life survival story of Janette Saint Fort. Saint Fort is a bank worker who was buried under a pile of rubble, but pulled out six days later by Los Angeles firefighters, after her husband told them he heard her cries.
Former president Bill Clinton who just returned from Haiti and saw the devastation for himself, spoke at the telethon at the Astoria filming location.
“We got a lot of work to do,” said Clinton, “But an enormous amount is being done here and all around the world.”