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Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), which he founded in 2010, will release a celebrity-heavy PSA starring such supporters as Miley Cyrus, Zooey Deschanel, LL Cool J, Pras of The Fugees, Edward Norton, Eric Dane and Sarah Silverman. The video is directed by actress Soleil Moon Frye Dec. 19.
Stars are also appearing in auction videos for the group. In one, Cyrus takes an instant picture of herself which she signs. In another video, Rainn Wilson humorously hawks a script signed by the cast of The Office. “This little gem — hello — a cast-signed Office script worth billions. So much better than Edward Norton’s signed Illusionist DVD. Who even understood that movie?” Penn is selling a signed copy of his favorite play, The Time of Your Life, by William Saroyan. “Seek goodness everywhere and when it is found bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed,” he reads.
The spots encourage people to donate to J/P HRO’s Help Haiti Home initiative and are meant to raise awareness of the continuing struggles faced by the people of Haiti two years after the devastating earthquake that hit the country on Jan. 12, 2010.
23,000 people live in the tent city of Petionville Camp, which is managed by J/P HRO. The organization’s Help Haiti Home program is raising funds to help them return to the neighborhoods from which they were displaced. The group says that accomplishing that goal costs about $1,300 per person. Donations can be made at Crowdrise.com or at J/P HRO.
Celebrities continue to call attention to Haiti, including Oprah Winfrey, who visited the country on Dec. 12, touring a tent encampment with Penn. She’ll feature her feature on an upcoming program on OWN. “This is part of the next chapter, going around the world to see interesting and fascinating cases of profound examples of what can be done to make a difference in the world,” Winfrey said.
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