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Telethon raises ‘record’ $57m for Haiti victims

January 24, 2010

Organisers of the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon say it has raised more than $57m (£35m) for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Friday night's event set a new record for disaster relief telethons, said Lisa Paulsen, head of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Some of the world's top celebrities took part in the broadcast from New York, Los Angeles, London and Haiti.

It was shown on all major US TV channels, YouTube and on MTV in the UK.

More than 100 Hollywood and music stars took part.

Some of them performed while others, including director Steven Spielberg, singer Stevie Wonder and TV star Ellen DeGeneres, took telephone pledges from viewers.

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