Jackman tapes Haiti relief PSAs

Jan. 29, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Actor Hugh Jackman has taped several public service announcements urging support for earthquake relief in Haiti, the humanitarian agency World Vision said.

The announcements are to air on television stations and social media platforms in the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada and other countries where the aid group is fundraising for its Haiti response.

"The earthquake in Haiti left thousands of children homeless and vulnerable," Jackman said in one of the statements. "World Vision aid workers have been rushing life-saving relief to survivors. Join me in standing with the people of Haiti."

World Vision said it began distributing relief supplies less than 24 hours after Haiti's 7-magnitude earthquake struck Jan. 12. The organization said it is distributing food and supplies, supporting medical efforts and encouraging the protection of children following the crisis. As many as 200,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the earthquake.

Donations can be made online at www.worldvision.org or by phone at 888-56-CHILD.

World Vision also has set up an SMS text giving option. Texting "GIVE" or "WORLD" to 20222 will make a $10 donation to World Vision's Haiti relief fund.

Jackman is best known for his work in the "X-Men" blockbusters.

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