The Hope for Haiti telethon, shown on all the major networks and streamed live on many Web sites, was put together by George Clooney and MTV Networks, along with the help of others, to raise millions of dollars for the Caribbean country.
The Hope for Haiti telethon was broadcast from New York, London, Los Angeles and Haiti, where CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed quake victims and anchored news clips of the tragedy.
Haitians were able to listen on Radio One Haiti. A crowd made up mostly of Haiti’s wealthier elite gathered Friday night at Break Time, one of the only restaurants still open in Port-au-Prince, and one of the only places residents could watch the telethon.
Viewers can purchase performances from the evening on Saturday by way of iTunes for 99 cents, with those proceeds going to relief aid as well.
The telethon won’t be the last major celebrity effort for Haiti; BET plans to hold its own all-star telethon on Feb. 5, with Diddy and Queen Latifah as hosts. It will also be aired on MTV and VH1.
Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief. Millions of people around the world have tuned in to the “Hope for Haiti Now” two-hour telethon as more than 130 celebrities have come together to raise funds for the devastated Caribbean nation today.
A major earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, knocking down buildings and power lines and inflicting new misery on the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation. THOUSANDS of people were feared dead today after a major earthquake hit Caribbean island Haiti.
The massive quake – 7.3 on the Richter scale – has destroyed thousands of buildings in the impoverished country.
Dead and injured people lay in the streets after the quake – the strongest to hit the island in 200 years – and thousands of survivors gathered in public places. Hope for Haiti