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MTV NZ to broadcast ‘Hope for Haiti’ telethon

21st January 2010 Posted in: Emergencies
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UNICEF’s relief effort in Haiti will benefit from a telethon that is to be broadcast by MTV New Zealand and around the world. UNICEF is one of a number of international aid groups that will benefit from the star-studded telethon that includes musical performances from celebrities such as Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, and Jennifer Hudson.

‘Hope for Haiti Now’ will be broadcast live on MTV New Zealand at 2pm and 9pm (NZ Time) on Saturday 23 January. The event will also be live-streamed online globally across sites such as YouTube, MySpace, and mtv.co.nz.

Other stars appearing include Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, and George Clooney. The telethon will feature more than a hundred of the biggest names in film, television, and music supporting the cause with testimonials.

UNICEF NZ Executive Director, Dennis McKinlay, says UNICEF is pleased to be working in partnership with MTV to raise much needed funds for Haiti.

“The Haiti earthquake has created a disaster on an almost unimaginable scale. It is a major natural disaster that has left up to 200,000 dead and more than a million people homeless, many of them young people.

“Almost half of Haiti’s population are under 18. They have witnessed traumatic scenes of death and misery, and in the aftermath of the earthquake they are particularly vulnerable to the spread of disease and effects of malnutrition. Many have been separated from family and need protection from trafficking and other exploitive practices.

Mr McKinlay urges MTV viewers to show their support and dig deep during the ‘Hope for Haiti’ telethon.

MTV NZ is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel targeting 15 -29 year olds on SKY Digital Channel 014 and SKY Mobile TV on Vodafone 3G.

Find out more about the telethon at www.mtv.co.nz