Sean Penn: Made official ambassador of Haiti
Oscar-winner Sean Penn has been made an official ambassador to Haiti.
Penn has raised a large amount of funds and awareness for the country through his J/P Haitian Relief Organisation since the 2010 earthquake.
Laurent Lamothe, the foreign minister of Haiti, awarded Penn the job at the Cinema for Peace benefit in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday.
The star told the crowd: "I do accept. [It would be a good] change being called, 'Hey you [expletive], to hey Mr Ambassador!"
Among the celebrities, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Orlando Bloom, Mel Gibson and Hilary Swank were in attendance at the charity event. They helped raise $5 million (£3.1 million) in charity funds through a private auction.
Reportedly, Damien Rice paid $475,000 (£296,875) for a guitar owned by Bono, while Julia Roberts's husband Danny Moder bid $50,000 (£31,250) for a trip to Haiti with Penn, according to the New York Post.
The 'Tree of Life' actor's charity organisation was given a $2.25m (£1.43m) grant by the World Bank in September to continue its work to help citizens of the country.