How Much Money Did Hope For Haiti Raise? US and Canada Telethons
Last night the two Hope for Haiti Telethons were held, one in the United States and one in Canada, and both were very successful in raising money for the people of Haiti still suffering from the effects of the earthquake that hit over a week and a half ago.
How much money did Hope For Haiti Raise?
In Canada the amout of money raised has been released, with CBC reporting $16 million, and News1130 citing that telethon raised just over 9.4 million dollars. These differing reports come from the fact that $9.4 Million was raised from English based Canada for Haiti and $6.8 million was raised from the French based Ensemble For Haiti. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that the amount raised will be matched dollar for dollar by the Canadian Government.
The amount for the United States Telethon has not been released yet, because donations are still being accepted as the phone lines remain open, and the songs that were performed by celebrities during the two hour show will be sold on iTunes, and proceeds from that will be included also.
Geroge Clooney was the LA host for the event and he issued an urgent plea to everyone able to donate.
"The Haitian people need our help," Clooney said. "They need to know they are not alone. They need to know that we still care."
The United States telethon was broadcast on over 25 networks and was one of the most widely distributed prime-time benefits in history.