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Aid Still Required

January 12, 2011 11:46 ET

Stars Align for 'Haiti: Aid Still Required'

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 12, 2011) - What do Maroon 5, Paul Pierce and Spike Lee have in common? They're three of dozens of celebrities who are concerned about the situation in Haiti and are doing something about it.

Today, on the anniversary of the Haiti disaster, celebrities are joining forces to launch the "Haiti: Aid Still Required" campaign to raise public awareness and fund the next wave of support for the Haitian people.

"It's impossible to hear what's happening in Haiti and not want to help," says NBA star Blake Griffin. "For a full year they've lived through the worst nightmare."

One year ago today a 7.0 magnitude earthquake leveled Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, killing 230,000. Today life remains grim -- less than 5% of the rubble has been removed, more than a million people are still living under tarps and tents (subject to every kind of violence and sexual attack), and cholera is spreading.

But, although the recovery has seemed agonizingly slow, there are oases where care, education and rebuilding are taking place.

"This outreach campaign is supporting projects that are offering free schooling to middle and high school-aged children, and free medical care and counseling to women who have been attacked," says Aid Still Required co-founder Andrea Herz Payne. "It's remarkable how much good we can do there."

Other participating celebrities include the NBA's Pau Gasol, Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love; music stars Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Morello, Hans Zimmer; and TV/film personalities Mia Farrow, Olivia Wilde, Lauren Conrad, Madeleine Stowe and Maria Bello.  All will be using their Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as their own websites, to report on the current situation in Haiti and request contributions.  For a full listing of participants, visit http://aidstillrequired.org/haiti

Proceeds will support projects through Aid Still Required (ASR), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on creating and supporting innovative, environmentally friendly solutions to natural disasters and human crises after they have left public awareness.

ASR develops and seeds innovative projects that provide for long-term sustainability and improve the quality of life for affected families, communities and societies for generations to come. Other ASR campaigns focus on Darfur, New Orleans and the region affected by the 2004 Tsunami.

For more information on Aid Still Required and how you can help, visit http://aidstillrequired.org/haiti.

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