Perry Digs Deep For Haiti
Movie mogul Tyler Perry has become the latest celebrity to hand over $1 million (£625,000) to the Haiti earthquake relief effort.
The actor/director initially donated $250,000 (£156,250) to various charities, but has since had a change of heart and decided to match donations made by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
In a statement posted on his website, Perry writes, "I have raised my personal donation from $250,000 to $1 million. I did this realising that after the next big story comes along, the news media will pack up and leave the people of Haiti to fend for themselves. They always do.
"My plan is to do just what I did when I built those 20 houses for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Sometimes it's best to wait for the frenzy to pass to really be effective. Haiti needs help now and there are a lot of people doing that, but they will also need help in the coming months."
Perry now hopes to visit Haiti in an effort to make sure his charity money is being well spent: "My plan is to take a trip there and see for myself how to put our donations to the best use."