Saturday, October 03, 2009

Demi Moore, Ricky Martin, others pledge help for Ondoy

Some Hollywood actors and foreign music artists are one with Filipinos still struggling to build life from tragedy. A week past Ondoy, people from all walks of life have expressed their desire to help and are doing their share.

It's interesting to know even foreign singers gave help for us. Dionne Warwick and Air Supply who had their concerts at the Araneta Coliseum last Oct. 2 and 3, respectively, gave donations from the proceeds of their concerts to victims of Ondoy.

Even Hollywood celebrities such as Demi Moore, Ricky Martin and author Paulo Cuelho, pledged their support through their Twitter accounts to Red Cross to help Ondoy victims in the country, this reported.

Akon, Apl.De.Ap do their share

Fil-Am member of Black Eyed Peas Apl.De.Ap also appeals to his fellow Filipinos to help through the Apl Foundation by logging on to, ABS-CBN News reported.

"My heart is broken to see so many of my Filipino brothers and sisters hurt by this disaster. We must all bond together and move forward to restore the city we hold dear. I'm asking the global community for their support and donations to assist the thousands of Filipinos affected by this tragedy."

Meanwhile, Akon has also decided to lend a helping hand. Amidst his busy touring schedule, Akon was deeply saddened upon finding out about the tragedy wrought by the recent typhoon. "My heart grieves for all Filipinos who lost their lives, their loved ones and their cherished possessions during that tragic weekend," he said.

"It is in these trying moments that we find our greatest strength, faith and capacity for self-sacrifice. I pray for the safety and well-being of all of you out there in the Philippines."

Akon is scheduled to perform at the Araneta Coliseum on October 23, together with our very own international R&B livewire Billy Crawford, in a concert dubbed "Freedom Tour '09."

The show will definitely push through; with Akon himself spearheading the charity campaign by donating a sizeable chunk of the concert proceeds to the typhoon victims.

Through the auspices of the concert's producer, ALV Events International, Akon is funneling his contributions through a still unnamed beneficiary.

"For every ticket you buy, you do your own humble share in assuring your calamity-stricken brothers of food, clothing and shelter," Akon says. "My music and my own life story have always been a testament to freedom, and it's only fitting that I pay back by helping other people find their own freedom from pain and strife."

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