It’s not a complicated process. Donors simply call into the telethon and pledge various financial contributions to the person on the other end of the line. But instead of an everyday volunteer, “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” which airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET, will feature some fans-favorite entertainers soliciting funds.
“It’ll be the biggest bank of faces that you recognize answering the phones,” George Clooney told MTV News. “And that will be streamed live on the Web the entire time. So if you call and you get Daniel Day-Lewis on the line, you can wave at him, and you’ll see him. It’ll be kind of funny, actually. I told everyone to say they’re Daniel Day-Lewis.”
Clooney is hoping the star power will help the charitable effort reel in much-needed money for the survivors in Haiti.
Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen are among the superstars set to perform at the event, while President Bill Clinton, Will Smith and Muhammad Ali are some of the notable names who will make appearances.
Clooney is thankful to all the stars who have volunteered their time in one way or another. He was particularly excited about those who will be manning the phones.
“You got about 130 to 140 actors, athletes, singers and television hosts, and they’re all coming up not to be on TV, but simply to answer the phones,” he marveled.
Learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET and visit HopeForHaitiNow.org or call (877) 99-HAITI to make a donation now.