Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $1 million to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. The actor, who will be on hand Friday night (January 22) for MTV’s “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” telethon, is the latest Hollywood A-lister to donate a large amount to help Haiti’s recovery after last Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake.
The money will be paid out through the Leonardo DiCaprio Fund and will go to support the near-term assistance and long-term recovery efforts, People reported.
“I salute Leonardo DiCaprio for his extraordinary generosity,” former President George W. Bush said in a statement. “This donation sends a clear message to the people of Haiti that America’s commitment to helping rebuild their country is strong. I thank Leo for setting a wonderful example for all Americans of helping a neighbor in need.”
George Clooney, who is helping to organize “Hope for Haiti Now,” has given $1 million to relief for victims, as have Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Gisele Bundchen donated $1.5 million to the cause, and Madonna, who will perform in New York for the telethon, said she’s donated $250,000.
“I think it’s the same message that everybody does, that churches do, that communities do — which is everybody participate, help out, whatever way you can,” Clooney told MTV News in Los Angeles on Thursday, during rehearsals for the star-studded telethon. “If it’s clothing, give clothing. This is designed for money. And it can be anything. Five bucks — it can be anything, whatever way you can help out, but be involved. It’s a big world out there, and we all have a lot of responsibility to look out for people that can’t look out for themselves.”
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.