Bono Birthday Fundraiser Raises Over $32,000

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African Well Fund's "Build a Well for Bono's Birthday" fundraising drive raised a total of $32,051.43. The money will be used to fund a clean water project in Zimbabwe.

The African Well Fund is excited to announce the grand total for the 4th annual “Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday” fundraising event. U2 fans from around the world donated a total of $32,051.43. The donations were collected in honor of Bono for his May 10th birthday and will be used to fund water projects in Zimbabwe.

For the fourth year in a row, the African Well Fund asked U2 fans who have been inspired by Bono’s tireless activism on behalf of Africa, to make a donation in his honor. Once again fans responded generously. Donations were collected from March 22nd through May 6th. As with the previous “Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday” events, donations were received from all over the world, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, Denmark, Hungary, Brazil and Bosnia & Herzegovina. A significant portion of the total was raised through an Ebay auction of U2 concert photos. U2 fan photographers donated nearly 100 photos. The auction brought in more than $11,000.

Donations from the previous birthday fundraisers totaled more than $50,000 and were used to finance water projects in Uganda, Ethiopia and Angola. This year the funds raised will be used for a project in Zimbabwe. The money will be used to implement an Integrated Community Water and Sanitation project. The project will provide 2000 beneficiaries with safe, clean water and improved sanitation. The total cost of the project is $50,000. Donations to help fund this project may be made by visiting our website at http://www.africanwellfund.org/donate.html .

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 $175,000, which has been used to fund more than 40 clean water projects in sub-Saharan Africa. All donations to the African Well Fund go directly to Africare, one of the leading private, non-profit, charitable organizations assisting Africa. 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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Diane Yoder