It was the world’s largest celebrity telethon as all of Hollywood rallied in Los Angeles on Friday to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake which has claimed 200 000 lives. Organised by actor George Clooney and singer Wyclef Jean, 140 of the biggest stars - including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon - manned a call center for two hours.
A simultaneous concert in London, featured Beyonce, Bono, Jay-Z and Rihanna while Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Jennifer Hudson |and Wyclef Jean performed in New York.
Haiti is “a tragedy that reaches across all borders, all boundaries,” said Clooney. The event, broadcast live on 10 US TV networks, has been described as “the biggest bank of faces that you recognize answering the phones”.
Participants included Meryl Streep, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, Ben Stiller and Stevie Wonder, Gerard Butler, Steven Spielberg, Patrick Dempsey, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Rock, Quincy Jones, Randall Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Morgan Freeman, Muhammed Ali, Bill Clinton.