It’s been just a little over a week since a massive earthquake devastated the Caribbean Island of Haiti, leveling buildings and capturing countless citizens underneath the rubble.
While aid efforts for Haiti began shortly after the earthquake, tonight, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars got together to bring further awareness to the cause. Amongst them was“Twilight” star Robert Pattinson, who stressed the importance of technology during this crisis.
(see Robert’s full speech after the jump)
Robert, who appeared on camera from London, shared the story of a girl in Haiti who had been buried under a flattened university for nearly six days, praying that someone would find her. Finally, on the sixth day, rescuers discovered her because of a text message sent from underneath the rubble.
The story was just one example of how technology, including Twitter, Facebook and texting, has shaped the response to the earthquake in Haiti.
Here is his speech in full:
“Underneath a flattened university, Maxine Fallon waited. She was crouched in a fetal position and could barely move. In the darkness and during the hectic sounds of the day, through the pain, the hunger and thrist, she prayed that someone would find her. And on the sixth day her prayers were answered, she was found because of a text message from the rubble sent rescuers to her side. Unlike any other event in history, our world has been connected to this tragedy because of technology. Twitter updates, Facebook pages with pictures of the missing and text messages for help. This technology is working right now to connect us, too. At hopeforhaitinow.org, you can donate and you can instantly interact with people in Haiti and anywhere in the globe. Join with those watching and see what they’re saying about something we all care deeply about — helping the Haitian people get back on their feet. Please go to hopeforhaitinow.org. Thank you.”
Robert of course, was just one of the “Twilight” stars to participate in the benefit to help Haiti. Across the pond in L.A, his “New Moon”costars Taylor Lautner and Anna Kendrick answered calls from people interested in making a donation.