Once again the international stellar community, broadcasting live from New York, London, Los Angeles and Haiti on MTV, YouTube and most major American networks, proved they could work together at short notice to raise funds for an emergency relief operation.
Viewers across the world – this event was aiming for the largest television audience ever – were treated to solo performances from Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Sting, and Chris Martin of Coldplay accompanying Beyoncé on the piano. The R&B superstar's rendition of her song Halo included the altered lyric: "Haiti, we can see your halo/I pray you won't fade away."
Proceeds from the night, thought to amount to hundreds of millions, will be split among the five relief organisations actively operating in Haiti: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, Unicef and to Jean's own Yéle Haiti foundation. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, set up by the two most recent former American presidents, will benefit, too. International charity concerts are now a central part of boosting aid funds in the aftermath of a humanitarian disaster.
Powerful personal appeals came from Bill Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman and Leonardo DiCaprio, one of several stars to donate $1m to the cause!!
Spader would like to give our regards to everyone in Haiti and to those who have family effected by the crisis. If you are wanting to donate to Haiti here is the link to Australia's Oxfam's website.
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