MIAMI – September 12, 2017 – Telemundo Network announced it has joined forces with the Red Cross to help raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida. Complementing the continuous news coverage led by national Telemundo News anchor Jose Díaz-Balart and the local Houston, Miami and Puerto Rico station’s news reporting teams, the combined awareness and fundraising initiative will help collect funds for the victims of the devastating hurricanes, a large number of which are Hispanics, through www.elpoderenti.com/cruzroja or by calling 1-800-596-6567. Donors can also contribute by texting the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
"Thanks to the generosity of Telemundo, the Red Cross will be able to continue to provide our needed services to those impacted by Hurricane Irma," said Anna Trefethen, Vice President Southeast and Caribbean, Red Cross. "Currently, Red Cross is focusing on providing safe shelter and feeding people. We will also be offering emotional support, health services, and distributing emergency relief supplies such as comfort kits and cleaning supplies. Red Cross plays a critical role in helping families and communities get back on their feet and we are very grateful for Telemundo’s support."
Under the banner of its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiative, “El Poder En Ti” (The Power in You) the Telemundo network will help to create awareness through its programming and resources across its on-air and digital platforms.
"We are proud to partner with the Red Cross and Hand in Hand to help those affected by Hurricane Irma," said Mónica Gil, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. "Our community has been directly impacted by Irma and Harvey, and we are committed to leveraging all our platforms to create awareness and raise funds for those affected at a critical time in our country."
"Our Telemundo stations in Houston, Puerto Rico and Miami are those communities' first point of information and have been delivering continuous hurricane coverage to help their audiences stay informed before, during and after each storm," said Manuel Martinez, President, Telemundo Station Group. "Thanks to the collaboration with Telemundo Network and the Red Cross alongside our team's tireless efforts, our viewers have access to vital safety information."
Telemundo’s cable network Universo will also broadcast the one-hour "Hand in Hand: a benefit for hurricane relief" telethon for Harvey and Irma victims at 8pm ET onTuesday, September 12th. The benefit telethon will air live from Los Angeles, New York, San Antonio and Nashville and will be carried on multiple networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, HBO, NBC and Bravo, and live-stream via Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, featuring more than 60 celebrity supporters. Confirmed Latino celebrities to participate include J Balvin, Eva Longoria, Gerardo Ortiz and Sofia Vergara, among many others such as Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Robert De Niro, Drake, Hilary Duff, Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere, and many more.
Led by Noticias Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart, Noticias Telemundo deployed a special news operation to deliver Hurricane Irma coverage. Telemundo Noticias also collaborated with local station Telemundo 51 Miami (WSCV) to report on Hurricane Irma and its impact in Florida. The NoticiasTelemundo.com website and Noticias Telemundo digital platforms on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have been complementing the on-air coverage and providing constant updates and exclusive reports from areas in the path of the storm, as well as up-to-the-minute forecasts, important information for the affected population and reactions from across the country. Telemundo’s South Florida, Houston and Puerto Rico-based stations have been offering wall-to-wall coverage since last week and Telemundo and NBC stations from across the country have sent teams to help with coverage and backup, as well as bilingual NBC reporters who have come in to help across both KTMD, WTVJ and WSCV and WKAQ.