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Chile Telethon Raises $60 Million For Emergency Homes

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UPDATE: 'Chile Helps Chile' has exceeded expectations, bringing in over 30 billion Chilean pesos, equal to just over $60 million in U.S. currency.

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A telethon running on Chile TV and available in over 20 countries is working to raise money for relief and reconstruction efforts in the earthquake-damaged South American nation.

"Chile Helps Chile" was initiated by Don Francisco, host of the country's popular show, "Sabado Gigante." The telethon is streaming live online through Saturday night and includes a running total of funds raised and opportunities to contribute. Once on the page, click Dona Aqui to donate.

The goal of the telethon is to raise 15 billion Chilean pesos, equal to about $30 million in U.S. currency. The money will be used to build 30,000 emergency homes in Chile.

A large group of organizations have mobilized to bring aid to Chile. See our complete Chile Earthquake Relief page to learn how you can help the nation's continuing recovery.

January's Hope For Haiti telethon, instigated by George Clooney and Wyclef Jean, raised $57 million dollars for the Caribbean nation's recovery after being struck by a 7.0 earthquake on January 12.