Hope for Haiti

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A few days ago, the world was rocked- literally- by the shocking news in Haiti. An earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.0, shook the country, followed by 14 aftershocks, as reported, that had a magnitude of 5.0 to 5.9. The capital city, Part-au-Prince, was greatly devastated by the incident. Reuters recently reported that death toll could total to 200, 000, greatly exceeding the current number of 50, 000. Now, the whole world is holding hands and reaching out to Haiti to alleviate their situation. Celebrities, too, are pouring the most and best efforts to help them.

Actors and actresses are all contributing anything they can for the situation in Haiti. Being part of the public eye greatly influences other people to join in such endeavor, and the stars are doing just that. Showbiz plus technology is the perfect combination to urge everyone to help. Ben Stiller tweeted and said, “people in Haiti need our help and attention right now.” Also using Twitter as a medium are Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Adam Lambert, and Ryan Leslie, as UK Press reported. Different singers, too, are helping out in their own ways. Wyclef Jean has raised $1 million through the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund that he organized. According to reports, too, he has been encouraging people to text “Yele” to 501501, which automatically donates $5 to the organization.

Brangelina has been known to be humanitarians ever since. The Haiti tragedy is no exception, as they had donated $1 million already to Doctors Without Borders. They said, “It is incredibly horrible to see a catastrophe of this size hit a people who have been suffering from extreme poverty, violence and unrest for so many decades.” The couple’s organization also received a generous donation of $250, 000 from Lance Armstrong. Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF Alyssa Milano kind- heartedly gave $50, 000, and was “daring” other people to match up to her donation. Gisele Bundchen and David Blaine also made their contributions to Red Cross. Madonna released $250, 000 and said, “My prayers are with the people of Haiti. I can’t imagine the terrible pain and suffering they are experiencing. Sadly the depths of the tragedy are just becoming known and the need for our support grows more urgent with every passing moment.”

On January 22, George Clooney will be hosting a telethon, entitled “Hope for Haiti,” on MTV as an effort to raise funds for Haiti. He will be joined by other celebrities. The powerful Oprah Winfrey used her talk show to raise awareness on the dire need of the affected country. Singer Chris Martin also encouraged the people to donate through Oxfam. Despite the allegations and controversies, Tiger Woods was, reportedly, considering of donating $3 million and, according to Russell Simmons, “sending a mobile hospital with 50 EMTs to go set up a triage.” This is a wake up call for the whole world. Let’s not waste any minute in doing anything we can to help raise Haiti. Every small effort will make a big difference to them.


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