U2 Fans Raise Over $26,000 to Build Wells in Honor of Bono’s Birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BONOU2 fans from around the world donated over $26,000 to the African Well Fund to build wells in Africa in honor of Bono’s birthday. The African Well Fund is a registered non-profit organization that was formed by a group of U2 fans 6 years ago. Since that time they have raised more that a half a million dollars to fund clean water projects in Africa.

Schenectady, NY (RUSHPRNEWS) June 23, 2008 — The African Well Fund and Africare are excited to announce that this year’s fundraiser to “Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday” has raised $26,554.77 to fund clean water projects in Africa.

This year marks the 6th one in a row that U2 fans from around the world have come together to honor Bono’s May 10th birthday by raising money for clean water in Africa.

The fundraiser launched on March 16th and donations were collected through May 15th. After donating, fans signed an online birthday card for Bono at the African Well Fund web site www.africanwellfund.org . Their signatures and birthday greetings will be incorporated into a beautiful hand made card that will be sent to Bono in Dublin. For 6 consecutive years, the African Well Fund has held a fundraising campaign in honor of Bono’s Birthday. These campaigns have raised a total of more than $125,000 and have been used to fund water and sanitation projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

Water and sanitation projects, funded by U2 fans have been implemented by our partner Africare in Uganda, Angola and Zimbabwe and have changed the lives of thousands. In September 2006, two AWF board members traveled to Uganda to visit water projects that were built with the very first “Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday” fundraiser. They were accompanied by filmmaker Steve Buckwalter who produced a short documentary about the trip. The film may be viewed on African Well Fund’s YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/AfricanWellFund. . The film is also available in DVD format upon request, write to info@africanwellfund.org for more information on how to receive a copy.

The African Well Fund is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2002 by a group of U2 fans. Since that time, AWF has raised more than $500,000 which has been used to fund clean water projects throughout the continent.

All donations to the African Well Fund go directly to Africare, one of the leading private, non-profit, charitable organizations assisting Africa. It is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in its field. Since its inception in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $710 million in assistance and support to 36 countries Africa-wide. To learn more about Africare and its programs, please visit www.africare.org .

The African Well Fund was founded to focus on one achievable goal: providing access to clean water to everyone in Africa. The African Well Fund believes that access to water is not merely a basic human need but a Basic Human Right.

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