Lately, all sorts of diverse entertainment personalities have been taking off their sunglasses long enough to offer their financial and personal support to Haitian earthquake survivors. Given the fact that the pursuit of celebrity status happens to be among the most vain and self-involved professions on the planet, it’s really encouraging to note that so many of today’s mainstream players have demonstrated that they can see beyond their own personal sphere of insanely good fortune and give back to those who truly need assistance.
George Clooney’s Hope For Haiti telethon raised an estimated $58 million (and counting) for the American Red Cross International Response Fund. Simon Cowell’s soon to be released Haiti charity single will offer a modern star-studded twist to REM’s classic 1993 tune, “Everybody Hurts” featuring the vocal stylings of Leona Lewis, Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Beyonce (among others). Then there are the limited edition fashion pieces issued by mistress Gaga , Scarlett Johansson and Olympian snow queen Hannah Teter … and that just scratches the surface of the astounding celebrity generosity that we’ve seen in the past several weeks.
Add Oscar winner Nicole Kidman to the ranks of the superstar personalities who are choosing to dip both feet firmly into charitable waters. Along with her country-singing hubby Keith Urban and Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis (of Crash fame), they intend to fund a Port-Au-Prince school for the next five years. The Artists for Peace and Justice organization will use the generous donation to provide all students in attendance with diverse educational programs, medical treatment, basic clothing and one hot meal each day.
The former Mrs. Cruise has long come out of the shadows to emerge not just as a powerhouse on the screen but also as a person who feels that “solving problems and saving lives is far more important” than her box office numbers. As for her good fortune, she recognizes that she’s blessed and believes that it’s her “duty to give something back.” A UNICEF representative since 1994 as well as a UNIFEM goodwill ambassador for the past 4 years, she and Urban donated a total of $500,000 for Haiti relief efforts.
Via Female First