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Hurricane Harvey, Irma telethon raises US$44 million

A celebrity-packed telethon for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma raised some US$44 million, organisers said on Wednesday.
     
More than 130 stars, including George Clooney, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey and Justin Bieber, joined forces to sing, man the phones or appeal for donations.      
     
The hour-long Hand-in-Hand telethon, which aired across broadcast, cable and digital platforms on Tuesday night, raised more than $14 million during the live broadcast.
     
Organisers on Wednesday said that the total rose to $44 million in pledges made after West Coast and other re-broadcasts.  
     
In the meantime, rapper Jeezy aided in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by donating 50,000 bottles of water.


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