The horrific earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12th, the poorest country in America, has left the whole world shocked. Fortunately, the humanitarian help is arriving and, most important, is being controlled and supervised. But governments and humanitarian organizations are not the only ones who are helping the Haitian people to overcome this huge tragedy. Noted celebrities (musicians, actors, models) are planning gestures of solidarity for Haiti.
It all started in USA with the two-hour global telethon “Hope for Haiti”, hosted by George Clooney. The act was broadcasted by major TV channels and raised more than $ 57 millions (40 millions Euros, more or less) in donations from the general public to date. It could be watched also across the world through MTV and YouTube.
Recently, it’s been known that the celebrated song “We are the world”, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, will be recorded again with artists like Lil Wayne, Kanye West or Pink, in support of Haitian earthquake relief.
But these are not the only signs of solidarity that celebrities have shown. The actor John Travolta sent his own plane –a Boeing 707- to provide relief materials including food and medicines…and some volunteer ministers from his church - the Church of Scientology (nobody’s perfect…). Prominent figures in show business like Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep or Britney Spears have cleaned out their wardrobes to auction their best and most photographed dresses.
Musicians are also supporting the cause with many different gestures: Colombian singer Shakira has undertaken to build a school in Haiti, through her Barefoot Foundation.
Wilco’s members, the Chicago-based band, allowed their website users to download free concerts for a $15 donation. Or Chris Martin, Coldplay’s lead vocalist, who has auctioned a signed jacket from his last tour “Viva la Vida”. These are just a few examples of the many actions by famous people to benefit the earthquake victims. Good for them!
Why not rent apartments in Rome and try to find some events supporting the Haiti earthquake. Everything counts!