To raise funds for the survivors and victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Hollywood celebrities gave passionate speeches, moving performances and hit the phones on Tuesday at a live televised telethon.
Renowned celebs like George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Hanks, Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato joined their hands together at the “Hand in Hand” telethon. They sang inspirational songs and told stories of survival during the devastating disasters.
The event was extremely successful and the hour-long telethon, which aired on broadcast, cable and digital platforms, managed to raise more than $14 million.
One of the highlights of the show was when Stephen Colbert said Apple Inc had donated $5 million, which the comedian quipped, “is also the price of the new iPhone.”
Beyonce while speaking on the show said, “During the time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage and forever change lives”.
“Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor ... we’re all in this together,” she added.
One of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record Irma ravaged several islands in the northern Caribbean, killing at least 43 people. According to reports, Irma was barreled into the Florida Keys on Sunday, where it demolished or heavily damaged over 90 percent of homes.
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