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A-list stars pledge long-term aid to Haiti



Clint Eastwood, Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn and Daniel Craig are just some of the Hollywood A-listers who have pledged their long-term support to Haiti through annual donations of $50,000 for the next five years, the nonprofit group Artists for Peace and Justice announced today.

Also pledging long-term support for the cause are Jackson Browne, Gerard Butler, Russell Crowe with his wife and muscian Danielle Spencer, Penelope Cruz, Keith Urban and more.

APJ said it remains committed to long term sustainability in the earthquake ravaged country, including providing clean water, meals,medical supplies and educational material to the children.

?Emergency relief is still very important ? with the help of Operation USA, last week we trucked in another $150,000 in food and supplies to sustain the St. Luke?s program and the children and families of the slums that rely upon its outreach programs,? says Paul Haggis, founder of APJ. “Schools right now might not seem like the most important thing to reestablish but it just isn?t true. The children may not be in urgent need of an education, but they desperately need physical and psychological support. They need a daily meal and water and medical care that comes with our schools. These thousands of children need a safe place to gather, where they can find hope, and even joy and beauty. The issues on the rise right now are gangs, violent crime, prostitution and child slavery. Schools are more important now than ever.”

When built, the street schools will assist thousands of children living in the slums of Port-au-Prince. Prior to the earthquake, APJ had been committed to sponsoring a number of these schools in Haiti and supporting the work of Father Rick Frechette, a doctor and community organizer who works out of St. Damiens Pediatric Hospital in Port-au-Prince, the only free pediatric hospital in the country.

About Robert W. Welkos

Executive Editor: Robert W. Welkos is an award-winning journalist who covered the entertainment industry for 15 years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. During this span, he wrote extensively about the movie industry from turmoil in the executive suites, the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, and box office hits and bombs to visits to movie sets as well as profiles of top stars and A-list directors, cutting edge features on the newest indie films and visits to famous film festivals like Sundance and Cannes. Prior to entertainment, Welkos worked as a reporter and assistant city editor in The Times’ Metro section where he undertook major investigations for the paper as well as covering breaking news and writing in-depth features. Before joining The Times, he worked for the Associated Press in Reno, Nevada, and City News Service in Los Angeles.

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  • February 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    Keep on giving Hollywood. God will give you back.

  • February 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hollywood Stars keep on giving.

  • February 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    It’s great that these Hollywood stars are using their star power to contribute to these causes (esp at a time like this).

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