Can you lift me up?
On Friday night, if you were near a television, you watched the world pause for Haiti. The “Hope For Haiti Now” telethon brought in millions of viewers, and has raised $58 million, shattering telethon records of the past. The star-packed performances are now available as an album on iTunes, Hope For Haiti Now. All proceeds will go to relief efforts in Haiti. It is now currently the #1 iTunes album in 18 countries, and is the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history. The $58 million does not include the iTunes sales, further proof that when the world comes together to help, we are an unstoppable force.
It is hard to pick a favorite performance when everyone comes together and shares their art to help others. Christina Aguilera’s “Lift Me Up” sent chills through the soul, and is just another reminder that her voice is sorely missed. Alicia Keys kicked off the telethon with “Send Me An Angel,” and Madonna was joined by a choir on “Like A Prayer.” Jennifer Hudson lent her powerful chords to the Beatles’ “Let It Be.” And Wyclef closed the show with the spirited “Rivers of Babylon/Yele,” urging no more sad songs, reminding us that the Haitian spirit is strong, resilient, and will never break.
Perhaps the one song that resonated most with me was Bruce Springsteen’s acoustic version of “We Shall Overcome.” It’s a simple gospel song, not many words, and one we’ve heard for years. But that song calmed and assured the souls of many people in trying times. It sustained them through marches for freedom, war, and the tumult of the civil rights movement. In it, they were victorious.
As Haiti is rebuilt, let’s continue to help in the coming months. HopeforHaitinow.org will continue taking donations for the next six months, and 100% of the proceeds will go toward relief efforts.
Here are ways you can help:
Text: Text “GIVE” to 50555
Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation
Partners in Health
United Nations World Food Programme