Beyonce, Clooney, Streisand to headline Harvey telethon Sept 12

 "Hand in Hand," a Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief, will be headlined by singer Beyonce and actor George Clooney with performances by celebrities like Barbra Streisand.
"Hand in Hand," a Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief, will be headlined by singer Beyonce and actor George Clooney with performances by celebrities like Barbra Streisand.PHOTO: AFP, CHARLES SYKES/INVISION/AP, EPA

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Singer Beyonce and actor George Clooney will headline a telethon to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has displaced more than a million people in Texas, organisers said on Tuesday (Sept 5).

"Hand in Hand," a Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief, will air live on Sept 12 from Los Angeles, New York and Nashville on broadcast networks ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC as well as cable music channel CMT and digital platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The broadcast, which will air live on the US East Coast at 8pm EDT (8am on Wednesday, Singapore time) and replay on the West Coast at 8pm PST, will include musical performances, taped messages and live appearances from a host of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, actors Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts, and singers Barbra Streisand, Blake Shelton and George Strait.

The telethon will benefit Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Feeding Texas, United Way and Direct Relief.

Harvey, which came ashore on Aug 25 and became the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, has killed more than 60 people, displaced more than a million others and damaged some 203,000 homes in a path of destruction stretching for more than 480km.

It has caused damaged estimated as high as US$180 billion (S$240 billion).