Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sandra Bullock, Lady Gaga & More Stars Align to Aid Haiti



Following in the everexpanding footsteps of Hollywood's elite, several more celebrities are loosening the purse strings, and donating generous funds to aid the earthquake-devastated Haiti.

In the midst of her whirlwind, award-laden weekend, Sandra Bullock took time to donate $1 million to Doctors Without Borders' emergency overseas relief efforts, a charitable organization which offers medical care to those in need.

"I wanted to ensure that my donation would be used immediately to meet the needs of the Haitian people affected by this catastrophic event," the Golden Globe nominee said in a statement Friday.

Lady Gaga's Friday visit to The Oprah Winfrey Show was about more than just funny photos. The eccentric songstress addressed the Haitian catastrophe, and made a donation promise of her own.

Gaga pledged to donate all funds from her Jan. 24 concert in New York to aid the grief-stricken nation.

"Haiti's still suffering. And I will say today that on the 24th, the Monster Ball [show] in New York City, all of the money that I make in ticket sales and merchandise will go to Haiti," said the star. "And on the 24th you can also go onto LadyGaga.com and any merchandise that you buy, the money will go to Haiti."

Fellow musician Akon is rallying behind Wyclef Jean's YĆ©le Haiti, and the good the former Fugees frontman is doing for his native country.

"I know how much passion and love he has for his country and that's why he does so much for Haiti in general," Akon told MTV News. "So that's why we do whatever we can and assist him in whatever it is, including him and everyone else, they all need help. I think we should put our hands in that same pot and try to find a way to stir that soup [together]."

And Chelsea Clinton is exercising her way into a huge gift for Haiti. The former First Daughter is co-hosting a 90-minute spin class in New York City, where participants will pay to join the "ride." Bikes will sell for $1000, $500, and $100, based on row location, and one-hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to relief efforts in Haiti.

Meanwhile, illusionist David Blaine on Friday kicked off a 72-hour "magic marathon" in Times Square to collect proceeds for victims.

And the rest of Hollywood (and most television networks, including E!) will join George Clooney's telethon next Friday to aid the earthquake-ravaged country.

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