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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-01-23

MTV will broadcast what it says will be the biggest telethon in history to raise money for the Haiti relief effort. Organised by Goerge Clooney (pictured), the show will feature some of the biggest names in film and pop music.

Stars are lining up to perform and donate huge chunks of cash for tonight’s MTV “Hope for Haiti” telethon event.

Organiser George Clooney, along with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, will each donate $1 million to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, which was started by former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Stars who have already contributed to help Haiti include "The Blind Side" actress Sandra Bullock, who gave $1 million, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who donated $1 million, and model Gisele Bundchen, who gave $1.5 million.

Star performers in the fundraiser for the crippled Caribbean nation include Beyonce, performing in London, and Madonna taking to the stage in New York.

Other notables taking part include Clinton, U2 frontman Bono, singer Bruce Springsteen, rapper Jay-Z and actors Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

MTV has said "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" will be the most widely seen telethon in history.

French musicians are coming together to support Haiti’s earthquake victims, with two concerts organised in Paris for Sunday, at the Bataclan concert hall and the capital city’s Zenith arena.

Date created : 2010-01-22

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