Friday’s (September 21) ‘AMERICA: A TRIBUTE TO HEROES’ telethon for those affected by the terrorist strikes in the US has raised $150 million (around £104 million), organisers have announced.
Pledges were taken right from the start of the fundraiser (9pm EST, 2am BST) on Friday night/Saturday morning, until 7am (EST, 2pm BST) yesterday (September 25). All of the money raised will go to United Ways September 11 Fund, with no money subtracted for administrative costs or taxes. The sum far exceeds the $110 million (£76 million) raised for African famine relief by both Live Aid concerts and the Band Aid Christmas charity record in 1984 and ’85.
The concert was screened live on around 35 US network and cable channels and in 200 countries around the world. An audience of well over 100 million watched an array of stars, including U2, Mariah Carey, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Al Pacino and Julia Roberts perform and appeal for help.
An album featuring many of the evening’s most memorable moments – including Neil Young‘s cover of ‘Imagine’ and Bruce Springsteen‘s never-before-recorded ‘City In Ruins’, is being compiled for release in the coming days. It is set to generate much more money for the fund.
The show was recorded in Los Angeles, New York and London, with locations kept secret for security reasons.