Backed by a choir, Madonna performed her 1989 single ‘Like a Prayer’ at the ‘Hope for Haiti Now’ telethon on Friday (January 22). She performed in the telethon’s New York studio, as did Bruce Springsteen, Shakira and Sting.
Last week, Madonna endorsed the relief efforts of the charity organization Partners in Health, donating $250,000 toward their work with victims of the Haitian earthquake. Partners in Health works to bring modern medical care to the world’s poorest communities and it has had a presence in Haiti for 20 years.
‘My prayers are with the people of Haiti,’ she said in a statement on her Web site. ‘I can’t imagine the terrible pain and suffering they are experiencing. Sadly the depths of the tragedy are just becoming known and the need for our support grows more urgent with every passing moment.’ ‘I urge all of my friends and fans around the world to join me collectively to match my contribution or give in any way you can,’ she continued. ‘We must act now.’