Tsunami Disaster – The Stars React
Tsunami Disaster – The Stars React
*** Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne have volunteered to lead the Disaster Emergency Committee donations campaign. The Osbournes, who themselves gave 25,000, ask people in the MTV-produced advert to open their hearts and help the world overcome the terrible Tsunami disaster. "We can save lives and get people back on their feet", they say in the ad. "We need to give money to help the survivors." To make a donation, call 0870 6060 900 or visit the DEC website (see link).
*** Alanis Morissette and U2 bass player Adam Clayton had been vacationing on islands in the Indian Ocean when the Asian tsumani disaster struck. Morissette was in Indonesia, while Clayton was on holiday in Malaysia. When concerned fans wondered if the artists were safe, their official websites posted assuring messages. "I am so sad to see what has happened to these sweet people", said Morrissette to her fans. "Please join me in sending many prayers and help in whatever form you feel pulled to."
*** Boy George and Sir Cliff Richard are recording a charity single for the victims of the Asian tsunami disaster. According to reports, Ronan Keating, Jamie Cullum, Chris Rea, Robin and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Grease star Olivia Newton-John and opera singer Russell Watson have all been approached to take part in the multi-celebrity musical effort. The song, 'Grief Never Grows Old', was written by radio DJ Mike Read and is expected help raise 2m for the tsunami relief fund.
*** 'Live Aid II' is what a proposed charity concert in Wales's Millennium Stadium is being unofficially dubbed. The 70,000 seat Stadium's managers are hoping to stage the event on Saturday, January 22 and raise the target of 1 million. Reports are suggesting there are talks with mumerous bands including U2, Coldplay, The Darkness and Franz Ferdinand. However, as none of th above have been confirmed for the event as yet, the venue's bosses say the odds of the gig coming off are now 50-50.
*** Linkin Park have teamed up with the American Red Cross to set up Music For Relief, a charity in aid of the victims of the tsunami disaster. To start things off, the band have made a $100,000 donation. Guitarist Brad Delson told MTV: "As a band, we were in a position to help, but this needs to be a lot broader effort - both by our fans and by other musicians. If one of our fans can donate $10, then thats going to help, and the faster we can do it, the better."
*** Sandra Bullock has donated $1m to the tsunami relief fund. The 'Speed' actress has handed over the money to the American Red Cross last week after having donated a cheque for the same amount to the following the September 11 attacks on America in 2001. "Sandra continues to enable our lifesaving work and is a model for personal generosity," said grateful Red Cross bosses. Hollywood watchers are expecting other stars to follow.
*** Leonardo DiCaprio has made a "substantial" contribution to Unicef to help children who were victims of the Asian's tsunami and earthquake. DiCaprio pledged a "sizable" contribution to the United Nations Children's Fund, targeted for aid to devastated areas of Thailand where his 2000 film 'The Beach' was filmed. The Hollywood star's publicist confirmed that DiCaprio has made the contribution and added that "he may be doing more. He is looking for other ways to help."
*** Atomic Kitten star Jenny Frost, actress Michelle Collins and 'Strictly Come Dancing' winner Natasha Kaplinsky have been manning donation phone lines, for tsunami disaster relief, at London's BT Tower. The celebrities joined the phone effort for about an hour without revealing to callers who they were. Jenny Frost has said that the public were being "incredibly generous". The Disasters Emergency Committee's initiative has already raised 25 million.
*** Dwight Yorke is urging all footballers to donate a week's wages to the Asian tsunami disaster relief fund. The Birmingham City striker said the gesture could do an enormous amount for the millions of people left homeless. His suggestion followed a donation of 1 million by the 20 Premier League football clubs to the Disasters Emergency Committee. The football star said: "When you think what a week's wages could do to help these communities, it is the very least we can do."