Gerard Butler and Ewan McGregor were among the celebrity phone operators at Friday's Hope for Haiti Now telethon. I've posted a few photos of Gerard and Ewan answering phones.
Hope for Haiti Now, will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation, and the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation. Proceeds from Hope for Haiti Now will be split among each organization’s individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief. With the exception of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, each partner organization was selected for its history of operation and collaboration within the NGO community in Haiti. [MTV via GerardButler.net]
Gerard also pledged to give $50,000 per year for five years to aid in the rebuilding in Haiti. The Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) charity raised more than $4 million for long term Haitian relief.
The brunch had two purposes: first, to get emergency relief to the children of Haiti and second, to raise money for long-term relief so that Haiti will not once again be forgotten as soon is it is out of the news. One hundred friends and supporters of APJ pledged to support the disaster-stricken nation over the next five to ten years, committing funds to building and funding schools, in a country where most children don't have access to basic education.
Attendees were asked to make a minimum donation of $5,000. A live connection was established at the event that gave guests the opportunity to chat with doctors and relief workers on the ground in Haiti, allowing them to hear first-hand about the progress being made. [Examiner]
Ewan McGregor's UNICEF plea for Haiti: