By Elizabeth Willoughby on
Here’s what some celebrities are up to, in response to the earthquake disaster that has destroyed Port-au-Prince and devastated Haiti:
Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt: "The people of Haiti are in desperate need of help. Our organization, Not On Our Watch, will do whatever it can and we know the international community will as well." Not On Our Watch has donated $1 million in emergency response funds to provide medical services to victims of the disaster.
Wyclef Jean: "Yéle Haiti Foundation has pulled together a group of like minded organizations and first responders in order to help coordinate the delivery of emergency services and materials needed by victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Each of the organizations will undertake their own fundraising and on-the-ground operations, but have agreed to share resources, collaborate when it makes sense and avoid duplication." Four airlifts of medical and emergency supplies and food have already gone out. ONEXONE, one of the like minded organizations, has also already shipped medical supplies, water and blankets for on-the-ground support.
Associated Press reports that George Clooney will also host a multi-network telethon on Friday from Los Angeles, while Wyclef Jean will co-host from New York, to raise money for Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation, UNICEF, Oxfam, Partners in Health and the Red Cross relief efforts. Anderson Cooper will host segments live from Haiti.
Lenny Kravitz: “Visit SaveHaitiSaturday.com and let’s support Project MediShare’s doctors. They’re out there saving lives in Haiti. I know these people personally. They’ve been working in Haiti for over 20 years. They go there on a regular basis. And they’re all down there on the ground right now, trying to save lives. Time is of the essence.”
Alyssa Milano, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, wrote to the Huffington Post, “I cried, and then I did the only thing I could do…I wrote a check to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for $50,000.” Now she has issued a challenge on Twitter for corporations to match her donation.
Ben Stiller: “Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, which will make their recovery from this disaster extremely difficult.” His Stillerstrong charity has been working with Save the Children to build a school in Haiti, but to address the disaster will redirect all donations to UN agencies in order to provide emergency relief as quickly as possible.
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