US telethon raises more than 58 million for Haiti

NEW YORK, Jan 24 (AFP) – A US telethon to help earthquake victims in Haiti has raised more than 58 million dollars, setting a new donation record by the general public, organizers announced.

"The public has set a new standard of giving for a relief telethon with 'Hope for Haiti Now,' and the donations continue to come in -- people can still contribute 24/7 via phone, web and text," said Lisa Paulsen, president and chief executive officer of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a non-profit organization providing philanthropic support to "Hope for Haiti Now."

The event led by Hollywood actor George Clooney was broadcast by all major television networks in the United States.

It featured performances by Wyclef Jean, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Coldplay, Bono, Jay-Z, and Rihanna.

Handout photo from MTV shows Sacha Baron Cohen, Jennifer Aniston and John Cusack at the Hope For Haiti Now

Internet social networks Facebook and MySpace contributed to funds collection.

The January 12 earthquake has left more than 111,000 Haitians dead and about 500,000 homeless, according to the latest figures released by the Haitian Interior Ministry.

Source: AFP

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