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Hollywood stars come together for Haiti telethon

George Clooney co-hosted the Haiti telethon with Wyclef Jean.

New York, January 23 -- Hollywood’s who’s who, including the likes of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, showed up at the Haiti telethon held on Friday.

Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, organized to raise funds for victims of Haiti earthquake, was co-hosted by George Clooney and Wyclef Jean.

The Telethon that was aired on almost a dozen channels is so far one of the most prominent efforts to help quake victims.

All for a cause
Beyonce, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and former President Bill Clinton all came together for Friday’s Hope for Haiti Now telethon.

Various stars performed in different cities for the telethon. Among the performances held in New York were those by Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting; Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Sheryl Crow performed in Los Angeles and Jay-Z, Rihanna, The Edge, Bono in London.

At the beginning of the show, Clooney said, "This is a tragedy that reaches across all borders, all boundaries and demands our attention, our help and our compassion as fellow human beings.

"The Haitian people need our help. They need to know that they're not alone. They need to know we still care."

During the telethon, Anderson Cooper of CNN reported live from Haiti and also roped in two survivors, who were saved from the debris. Later, Dr Sanjay Gupta talked about the medical obstacles faced by the country.

Roping in donors
Viewers were asked to phone 1-877-99-Haiti and make donations towards the cause. While celebrities like Halle Berry, Julia Roberts and Justin Timberlake handled telephone lines in Los Angeles, stars like Mel Gibson, Reese Witherspoon and Steven Spielberg thanked callers for their contributions.

Wyclef Jean, who is a Haitian native, concluded the evening by saying "enough with the moping." He then sang a song, with lyrics, "Earthquake we see the earth shake but the soul of the Haitian people it will never break."

Musical performances held at the telethon were later made available through Apple’s iTunes store for a price of $0.99 per song. The amount collected will be sent to Haiti through Hope For Haiti Now aid organizations.