ROME -- WFP is one of the seven relief organisations that will receive funds from Friday’s Hope For Haiti Now global benefit event, where dozens of the biggest names in film and music performed and urged the world to donate to earthquake-stricken Haiti.
The two-hour telethon, led by actor George Clooney and Haiti-born rapper Wyclef Jean, was shown around the world on television, online and mobile carriers, and featured more than 100 celebrities performing from New York, Los Angeles and London. Some US$ 57 million was raised in the first 24 hours.
Actress Drew Barrymore, a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, took part in the Hope For Haiti Now event from Los Angeles.
Drew has travelled to the field with WFP to see our school meals programmes in Kenya and supports our work in a variety of ways.
Find out more about our Ambassadors Against Hunger and celebrity partners.
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"The Haitian people need our help," said Clooney. "They need to know that they are not alone, they need to know that we still care.
The telethon, aiming for the largest-ever global audience, featured a huge line-up of stars including WFP celebrity partners Christina Aguilera, Penelope Cruz, Drew Barrymore, Will Smith, Sheryl Crow and Wyclef Jean.
Madonna (performing in New York) and Haitian artist Emeline Michel (in Los Angeles) joined the previously announced lineup of musical performances: Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting in New York; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Beyoncé, Coldplay, and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna in London. Learn more
Proceeds from the telethon will be split evenly among each organization’s individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief.
WFP has launched a massive relief effort in Haiti and is working round the clock to bring food assistance to 2 million people affected by the earthquake. Learn more