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How Simon Cowell’s #Haiti charity single was made (av for download 7-2-10) @MentionHaiti

Posted in Haiti, Haiti disaster Relief & Updates with tags on January 28, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

BBC – Newsbeat – How Simon Cowell’s Haiti charity single was made.


If the list of names doesn’t already give this Haiti charity single a touch of Band Aid, then the choice of location certainly does.

Cheryl Cole, Alexandra Burke, Mika, James Morrison and Susan Boyle have all passed through the doors of Trevor Horn’s Sarm Studios this week, headed for Studio 1.

It’s the same studio that hosted Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s gang in 1984 for the recording of Do They Know It’s Christmas.

Sadly this time there’s no Bono, Sting and Simon Le Bon huddled together round the mic.

Instead each artist is coming in solo to sing a section of the REM classic Everybody Hurts.

This cover version is getting a similar treatment to the 1997 Children in Need take on Lou Reed’s Perfect Day, with each act being asked to record just one or two lines that will then get stitched together digitally to make a complete track.

Leona Lewis has scored the all important opening, laying down her vocals in a Los Angeles studio at the weekend.

That’s where Robbie Williams and Take That will record their contributions later this week, while Michael Buble’s voice has already been added from New York.

SuBo encounter

Over the weekend JLS and Cheryl Cole passed through Studio 1 while on Monday it was the turn of X Factor winners Joe McElderry and Alexandra Burke, who had flown in overnight from her European tour.

Tuesday began with Mika arriving fresh from France to sing. He also gets to be like Phil Collins on Band Aid and play an instrument on the track, a “New Orleans-style piano” to round off the song, as Mika put it.

She was all pumped and ready to go. She was cool, I leant in to give her a kiss but I don’t think she was too keen on giving me a kiss

James Morrison said it was great to meet Susan Boyle Donate to the DEC Haiti earthquake appeal

Even though the studio hire and engineering staff were coming free, each act still only got a 45-minute time slot to nail their vocals.

Mika overran his allotted time so James Morrison had to wait a while, but he was fine as that meant he had time for a quick sarnie from round the corner.

James also had the added bonus of knowing the producer Steve Robson, so was ecstatic with his pre-selected lines.

“He (Steve) said that I’d have the middle eight and I was like, ‘Wicked!’ That’s one of the best bits in the song.”

So that means James spent the afternoon trying to better Michael Stipe by belting out ‘Don’t throw your hand… oh, no… don’t throw your hand.’

By mid-afternoon on Tuesday the artists at Sarm were starting to overlap, allowing James Morrison a rare Susan Boyle encounter.

“She was all pumped and ready to go,” James said. “She was cool, I leant in to give her a kiss but I don’t think she was too keen on giving me a kiss.”

Hardly a “feed the world” group hug moment, but then again this recording was low key in comparison.

Video shot

Each act came in one by one to stand at the single microphone in the voice booth in the middle of the relatively large studio, with that piano for Mika just off to one side.

James Morrison James Morrison was joined by the likes of Rod Stewart and Alexandra Burke

As for SuBo, she admitted she didn’t know this REM song very well so had to learn her part from scratch.

But she thinks it’s a “very nice song” and admits “it was an honour to be picked”.

The day ended with Rod Stewart arriving to add his contribution after Simon Cowell called him personally, although more acts are expected to join in over the coming days.

The video to accompany Everybody Hurts is being made simultaneously with the recording, so in another nod to Band Aid, expect to see a lot of artists at the mic wearing headphones as they sing along.

The estimated release date is 7 February, with proceeds going to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and there’s already talk this could become one of the biggest selling singles of all time.

BBC News – Haiti single Everybody Hurts due out on 7 February -> @MarkusFeehily

Posted in Causes, Haiti on January 28, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

BBC News – Haiti single Everybody Hurts due out on 7 February.

Everybody Hurts, the all-star single recorded to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake, will be released on 7 February, it has been confirmed.

Parts of the song were recorded in London on Tuesday, while artists including Robbie Williams put down their vocals in Los Angeles.

The song was originally a 1993 hit for US band REM.

The final line-up of artists has also been confirmed and includes Michael Buble, Jon Bon Jovi and JLS.

The song will be available for download on 7 February and on CD single the day after.

JLS singer Ortise Williams, who lost relatives in the 12 January earthquake, said: “The tragedy is very close to my heart.

“It’s great to be working with such talented artists all pulling together to make a difference through song.”

Cheryl Cole said she hoped money raised would “help the people of Haiti rebuild their lives” while Rod Stewart said he could not think of “a more fitting song than Everybody Hurts to convey the unimaginable tragedy that is Haiti”.

Simon Cowell, who organised the single, said it had been “an absolute priority for us all”.

X Factor winners Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry also appear on the single alongside Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue and Miley Cyrus.

Take That, Mika, James Blunt, James Morrison, Susan Boyle and Westlife complete the line-up.

Half of the single’s proceeds will go to the Sun’s Helping Haiti fund and the rest will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

FAQ : @MentionHaiti Sponsors, #Haiti Relief and Doctors Without Borders #DWB

Posted in donnette e davis on January 25, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

We have received so many requests for further information regarding @MentionHaiti and the fundraising initiative undertaken that we feel it beneficial to post FAQ for those wonderful people who have come on board and helped us get this initiative smokin’….. For Twitter users who still require information, please read below, also you can visit some Twitter Links at the bottom of this post..

Gratitude and thanks to everyone who has responded to our plea.

Please read further to see the impact YOU can have on Making a Difference.


What is the purpose of @MentionHaiti?

We are trying to create an easy way for people to demonstrate their support for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti and reward this demonstration of support by having our sponsors donate money to disaster relief for Haiti.

Who is the sponsor donating the money to?

Doctors Without Borders.

Why did you choose Doctors Without Borders?

Doctors Without Borders has been working in Haiti since 1991, and has a well established presence with 813 full-time staff permanently on site. At the moment this number is augmented by whatever additional relief staff can make it to Haiti. Doctors Without Borders provides comprehensive trauma care at the Trinité Trauma Centre and Pacot Rehabilitation Center in Port-au-Prince. In 2008, 17,950 patients were treated in the emergency room, and 6,196 underwent surgery. Trinité is the only functioning trauma centre in Port-au-Prince.

Doctors Without Borders strives to operate efficiently and to minimize fundraising and administrative costs. Between 1995 and 2006, more than 85 percent of expenditure to MSF’s social mission was allocated to programs and public education activities. Maintaining this standard is a high priority for them. You can see their annual financial statements here:

Who are the sponsors of the @MentionHaiti campaign?

The sponsor is a Gulf State embassy in London that desires to remain anonymous.

What countries are considered to be Gulf States?

The following countries are in the the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, Qatar,
and the United Arab Emirates.

Why does the Gulf State embassy in London want their sponsorship to remain anonymous?

It is part of their culture to not be boastful about giving. Publicizing charitable activities is considered improper.

What assurances do I have that the sponsor will actually donate the money if I @MentionHaiti?

Right now you have to trust that money will be donated. When the donation is made . Receipts of the donation will be posted on the blogs .

I want to help Haiti. How can I help?

If you add @MentionHaiti in any Tweet you will be added to one of our Twitter lists and $10 will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. This includes simply replying to @MentionHaiti so you do not have to make it a tweet all of your followers will see, although that would obviously help get the word out.

We also want to inform people about the current conditions in Haiti, the progress being made with disaster relief in Haiti and how social media and the Internet is being used to raise funds and organize relief efforts. If you find great articles related to these subjects please include (cc @MentionHaiti) with your updates that link to these and we will RT your update.

Is there a limit to how much can be raised via @MentionHaiti Twitter campaign?

Yes. Our sponsor, a Gulf State embassy in London, will donate up to $50,000. Which means that the first 5000 people to @MentionHaiti will be be put in one of our @MentionHaiti lists and $10 donated for each list member.

Can I @MentionHaiti in Tweets more than once?

Yes. Your first Tweet with @MentionHaiti raises $10 for Haiti, all subsequent Tweets
after the first one will not raise additional funds for Haiti, but helps us get more people to @MentionHaiti. We appreciate that.

I want to help raise more than $10 how can I do that?

You can comment on every blog post at and $10 will be donated for every single comment in the blog (with a limitation of one comment per post) which means by taking less than [40 minutes] your time volunteered will raise over [$1000].

Is there any limit to the amount of money that can be raised by commenting on the blog?

Per person, the limitation is $1090 because there are 109 posts on the blog. Overall, there is no limit however.

Millions of people could comment on the blog. Isn’t it risky to not have a limit on what could be contributed?

We would like to have the problem of too many people commenting on the blog. If it comes to that, the sponsor can declare a cap
to the amount that can be raised on the blog. Please comment on as many posts as you can to raise money for Haiti.

Does the blog benefit from the comments in any way?

No, the blog has no ads or corporate sponsors and thus derives no revenue from traffic. Of course, if you find the food articles
interesting please come back and visit the blog or subscribe to it.

I’d like to be a sponsor is that possible?

Yes. Please contact us.

What do I have to lose from doing this?

The only effort that is required is to click Reply & Update to any update found at That is it.
Try it. Spreading the message and raising money for Haiti is a great thing that you can do to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

#Haiti Relief Organisations in South Africa – How YOU Can Help

Posted in donnette e davis on January 25, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

South Africans have seen the devastation in Haiti, it is televised daily, with regular news updates. At this time, people are starving, supplies are at a minimum, desperation is written on everyone’s faces. The descriptions given to us by some of the SA S&R Teams that have returned to SA are grim, heartbreaking; that of children having to have limbs amputated with the bare minimum of medication; makeshift hospitals resembling something from a Vietnam movie; exhausted, but determined relief workers pushing themselves to the limit, working against the clock to try and make a dent in providing the essential medical treatment and basic supplies for survival.

While we in South Africa are feeling the worldwide recession, possibly more so than many other countries, due largely to the high incidence of mismanagement, crime and corruption within our governments and municipalities, a small donation of R30 (US$5) made by one million people will go a very long way to providing some assistance, and making a difference, possibly between life and death. South Africa has recently topped the 5 million mark in internet users. Imagine if every one of those who could, DID, contribute via the internet – NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT!


Donations can be made to the following organisations:

Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference Project Caritas, Appeal for Haiti
Project Caritas, Nedbank
Account Number 1604750693,
Branch Code 160445
Donations should be marked “Haiti”.

The South African Red Cross Society
Standard Bank, Thibault Square
Account Number 070822808
Branch Code 020909
Online donations can be made at

Gift of the Givers

I HIGHLY recommend this independent Humanitarian Organisation (NGO), I know the organisation well, being from the local community, and being manned by private individuals, securing sponsorships and donations for hundreds of different causes, including alleviating poverty in the surrounding areas. A number of Highly Esteemed Professionals, some of whom are known to me personally, continuously selflessly give of their time, resources and expertise. They were the first team to be deployed from South Africa, at a time when the SA Government stated they were not in a position to assist with Relief Aid. Without hesitation, upon hearing of the disaster, GOTG immediately set about making arrangements to send professional medical personnel, relief supplies etc to Haiti. GOTG sent 42 Volunteers to Haiti, returned to SA on 23 January 2010, after the Search & Rescue had been officially called off. A truly GREAT Organisation.

Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg
Account Number 052137228
Branch Code 057525

Doctors Without Borders / Mèdecins sans Frontièrs South Africa
Nedbank, Parktown
Account Number 1944209425
Branch Code 194405

Please use your cellphone number as a reference and fax your deposit slip with your details to (011) 403-44443.

Donate R30 by SMSing your name to 42114

Donate online to

Donate online to Unicef at

Donate to World Vision
First National Bank, Florida
Account Number 51231026802
Branch Code 250141
Please use the numbers 978 and your contact number in the reference field.

Donate Online to Mercy Ships at

Follow Us On Twitter
MentionHaiti <- If you add @MentionHaiti in any #Haiti Tweet you will be added to one of our Twitter lists and $10 will be donated to Doctors Without Borders by our verified sponsors, to whom we extend our deepest gratitude and thanks for their generosity.

Haiti Update – Raising Awareness and Funds in Twitter, Blogging for Haiti @MentionHaiti

Posted in Causes, donnette e davis, Haiti disaster Relief & Updates with tags , on January 24, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

On January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. Join recovery efforts mobilizing around the world to assist earthquake victims. Your donation will help disaster victims rebuild their lives and their communities. Google will also donate $1 million to help organizations provide relief.

Reading the Sunday Times, South Africa this morning, the heartbreaking accounts from Search & Rescue Workers who were deployed to Haiti and have now returned after the S&R was officially called off on Saturday, describe in graphic detail the absolute devastation that is facing this nation. One account is how a dog ate a corpse in the street, and onlookers – well they remained onlookers. Their spirits are understandably broken, hope is almost all but completely gone. Bodies are piled up outside the Capital’s Mortuary, the stench is putrefying.

The death toll is currently at just over 111000. It is estimated that 2.5 million Haitians have been left homeless or without basic requirements necessary for survival. The death toll is expected to rise to 200000.

It is at this time that we have all witnessed Organisations, NGO’s, private individuals, corporations, companies, performing artists etc stand together in an effort to at least alleviate some of the suffering and desperation, and pave the way to rebuilding this crushed nation, no mean feat considering that the nation was poverty-stricken to begin with, there are cries for the return of the ousted ex-President, who now resides in luxurious exile in South Africa, and receives the same income and benefits as a South Africa Cabinet Minister. He currently resides in a lush suburb in South Africa’s Capital, Pretoria, with his wife and 2 children, apparently wholly supported financially by the South African Government. He was ousted in 2004 amidst inter alia charges of corruption, human rights violations and murder. If politics come into play between him and the current president, who is operating from make-shift offices, further extreme challenges will be facing this desperate Nation.

Below is a list of reputable and verified organisations that are all involved with raising funds and awareness for this Haitian disaster relief…… Please take 5 minutes of your time to visit one of these sponsors.

Donate to UNICEF

UNICEF is deploying clean water and sanitation supplies, therapeutic foods, medical supplies and temporary shelter to Jacmel and Port-au-Prince. UNICEF will also be focusing on children who have become separated from their families to protect them from harm or exploitation.

Donate to CARE

CARE plans to start food distributions using stocks of high-protein biscuits from CARE warehouses in Haiti. CARE has 133 staff who are on the ground coordinating with U.N. agencies and other aid organizations to gather more detailed information about the damage and will rapidly scale up response based on those assessments.

Other ways to help

Also accepting cash and in-kind donations are the following sites: Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, UNICEF (1-800-4UNICEF), Direct Relief, Yele Haiti, Partners in Health, Red Cross, World Food Program, Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900), Save the Children, Lambi Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The International Rescue Committee, Care, William J. Clinton Foundation, Meds & Food For Kids, Feed the Children, Habitat for Humanity, Mayor’s Fund for NYC

The following organizations are accepting SMS donations in the US only:

  • SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
  • SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts
  • SMS text “GIVE10” to 20222 to donate $10 to Direct Relief

Help map Haiti – Directly assist relief workers in saving lives.

Source: Google Haiti Relief

Twitter @MentionHaiti Relief Effort……

As mentioned previously, it is not only the Humanitarian Organisations and Large Corporations who have risen to the challenge and
opened a channel for receiving donations and providing information, but private individuals. Two such individuals are Todd & Hilda, their links are to be found in the article below, which is extracted directly from SaffronBerry’s Blog.

I am in awe of such individuals who so selflessly donate of their time, compassion and resources in an effort to make a difference in the lives of the victims of this tragedy. I thank you for the opportunity of joining with you in the Twitter Mention Haiti Relief Effort……

Haiti quake aid: boy receiving treatment at a UN clinic

A young boy receives treatment at a makeshift medical clinic at the UN logistics base in Port-au-Prince. Photograph: Logan Abassi/AFP/Getty Images

So, it’s Friday the 22nd of January and if you didn’t read my last post and have no idea what the Haiti Relief Effort is, please read it either before or after you read this.

My efforts to channel a very generous sponsor’s money to Haiti Relief have been noticed and acted upon by two very kind souls, Todd and Donnette, who emailed me a couple of days ago with the idea of spreading the fundraiser to Twitter, which the sponsor agreed to with certain limitations.

So here’s what you essentially need to know:

  • A Twitter account named @MentionHaiti has been created to raise more funds for Haiti.
  • If you mention this account once (@MentionHaiti) in your twitter feed, 2 things will happen:

1) Your name will be added to a list in @MentionHaiti’s account
2) For each name that is added to the list, $10 will be raised toward Haiti Relief

  • The cap on the amount that can be raised in this way is $50,000, so to participate you must be one of the first 5,000 people to include @MentionHaiti in a tweet.
  • Once the cap of 5,000 people has been reached, the account will continue operating and posting new links on ways to help Haiti and the only request is that the listed people mention these posts from time to time.

The comment program from the last post is still active, let me remind you of the basic points:

  • For each comment you leave on this blog until January 31st, $10 will be donated to Haiti Relief by my sponsor, a Gulf State Embassy here in London.
  • You may leave one comment per post on as many posts as you like, each one raising $10 toward relief. A few people
    have raised nearly $1000 by just leaving a comment on nearly every post in the blog. The only restriction is that you may
    not leave multiple comments on the same post.

Direct from Haiti- Support needed More Now than Ever as Conditions for Outbreak of Disease Ripen

Posted in donnette e davis on January 23, 2010 by Donnette E Davis
Received this message from Rick Perera, CARE’s Emergency Media Officer in Haiti

Please take a moment to read through; seriously 20 seconds of your time can make all the difference to the life of one of those struck by this tragedy.

I am writing to you from Port-au-Prince, where Wednesday we were all scared by a 5.9-magnitude aftershock of last Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. Nonetheless, we’re okay and throwing ourselves back into work. There’s so much to do.

Despite interruptions like the aftershock and logistical challenges, aid is getting through to those who need it desperately.

To date, we’ve distributed clean water and water purification packets to 25,000 people; 60,000 emergency meals; 1,500 water containers; and 1,200 hygiene kits, with special emphasis on of the most vulnerable people: the injured, pregnant and nursing mothers, and children.

However, there is more work to be done and we hope you will join us.
I was excited to learn from my U.S. colleagues about the new ruling on tax-deductible gifts in support of Haiti relief. Your gift to help provide aid to Haiti will be counted as a 2009 tax-deductible, if made by February 28 — and your support is needed now more than ever.

The outbreak of disease is now becoming a major concern; if there is one, it will worsen the situation in Haiti. Earlier this week, as I walked around CARE’s headquarters outside of Port-au-Prince, I passed mounting waste in the streets, overflowing garbage trucks and clogged gutters. The conditions are ripe for the outbreak and rapid spread of disease.

Every day, I sadly witness more death and destruction, and at the same time, see hope come to life as we bring aid to survivors of this catastrophic disaster. I’m honored to be part of CARE’s relief efforts, and I invite you to join us in bringing emergency relief to the people of Haiti by making a tax-deductible gift today.

There are also a few other simple ways you can help:

Thank you again for continuing to support CARE — and bringing much-needed hope — to millions of Haitians struggling to survive in the aftermath of this humanitarian disaster.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting root causes of poverty.
U.S. headquarters located at 151 Ellis Street NE, Atlanta, GA, 30303-2420.
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Help Haiti’s Animals – HSI on the Ground Now

Posted in donnette e davis on January 22, 2010 by Donnette E Davis

The devastation continues 😦

The suffering in Haiti is tremendous. Fortunately, aid for people is now flowing into the country. But what about the animals? Humane Society International (HSI) is on the ground to help.

Please help the animals of Haiti. Read the message below and make an emergency gift to HSI’s International Disaster Fund. »

A Message from Dr. Rebecca Berg, DVM – HSI Volunteer Disaster Responder

Just after 6 p.m. last night, I crossed the border into Haiti — despite a flat tire, an overheated engine, and two aftershocks — and am seeing firsthand the total devastation left behind in the wake of last week’s earthquake. Tent cities everywhere are teeming with tens of thousands of people now homeless. Mountains of rubble are all that remain of homes and buildings. And everyone is terrified of being crushed during the tremors that still rock the country.

And amid all this human suffering, there’s something else: Animals are suffering, too. Will you please support our efforts to help with a special gift right now?

The entire nation is overwhelmed by a lack of basic necessities — adequate food, water, shelter, and medicine. Thankfully, it appears humanitarian aid is reaching the people affected by this disaster.

But the conditions for animals are still deteriorating. In our short time here, I’ve seen cattle wandering through fields and stray dogs by the roads. With food and water in short supply, it is only a matter of time before these animals — especially the injured — come under threat of dehydration, starvation, and disease.

Our team of responders from Humane Society International and Veterinary Care & Human Services, Caribbean Project (VCHS) is now in Port-au-Prince, providing emergency care and treatment to the animal survivors and assessing conditions to help stabilize the situation for them.

We need your help so we can remain on the ground to care for animals. Can you make an emergency donation today?

We are working around the clock to mobilize more teams of responders, to obtain and ship food and supplies, and to coordinate with authorities and other organizations in Haiti. We are doing everything we can to provide immediate support to the animals who survived this disaster as well as develop ongoing institutional support for Haiti’s animals and their human care-givers in the future.

But we can’t do this work without your support. Will you stand by us today — and during future disasters around the world? We hope you will help by making a special gift now.

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