Wednesday, February 17, 2010
American Idol, Kris Allen Team With UN Foundation For Haiti Fundraiser
Kris and UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin will travel to Haiti on Friday. During the trip, they will meet with Haitians and UN staff to learn how people are recovering from the earthquake and find out what they will need in the months to come.
"It is heartbreaking to see the devastation that Haiti is currently facing," Kris said in a statement. "I am truly honored to be traveling to Haiti to see the UN’s relief efforts firsthand and to help out in any way that I can."
During next Thursday's show, viewers will be asked to make donations online or via text, with the proceeds going to the Idol Gives Back Foundation to help support the U.N. Foundation's work in Haiti. The actual Idol Gives Back show will take place on Apr. 21.
"We are proud to partner with the IDOL GIVES BACK Foundation, FOX and AMERICAN IDOL on this special episode," Calvin said. "We are working directly with the UN to help Haiti address the medium and long-term challenges of reconstruction. The UN needs our support so it can continue to provide food, water, shelter, medicine, security and economic opportunities to the earthquake victims. The UN and Haiti are rising to the challenge and we all have a chance to help them rebuild their future."
Idol and the UN couldn't have picked a better representative to aid the cause. Kris has a long history of participating in similar humanitarian efforts, including traveling to Thailand to help with clean-up after the devastating Tsunami.
Kris talked to Bay Area radio station Alice 97.3 about the upcoming trip in an interview today. Click on the plus button to listen to the interview.
Sources: AI Now.org, Businesswire