Celebrity Telethon Rakes in $1.3 Million for Oil Spill Clean-Up

Celebuzz / June 22, 2010

Kevin Costner and James Cameron are far from the only celebrities offering a helping hand in light of April’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cameron Diaz, Justin Bieber, Robert Redford and Sting were among a slew of stars to pitch in for a special two-hour marathon, Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help, which aired on Monday night. And as of the time the marathon’s broadcast ended, their work netted $1.3 million for the oil-spill clean-up effort.

Bieber, in particular, did his part to encourage the younger demographic to bust open their piggy banks, imploring his fans, 

“The oil disaster in the Gulf has been a big problem. But every little bit can help. There’s no such thing as being too young to pitch in. And this is urgent. What we do now can affect our future. You can donate money or time or anything to the groups that you’ve heard about on this show.”

Country singer Brad Paisley, meanwhile, played his card as a native of Louisiana to urge people to action:

“It’s devastating. Anybody that’s ever been down there will tell you that it’s some of the finest people you will ever meet down in South Louisiana. And they will give you their shirt off their back… And they’re in trouble… It’s just heartbreaking.”

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