U2 Fans Raise Money to Build Wells in Honor of Bono's Birthday - FINAL DAYS

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The African Well Fund is collecting donations in honor of Bono's Birthday. The money raised will be used to build wells in Africa. The fundraiser is entering its final days!

For the 6th year in a row, the African Well Fund is conducting a fundraiser in honor of singer/activist Bono's May 10th birthday. Donations collected will be used to build wells in Africa. AWF has been collecting donations in Bono's honor since March 17th and the fundraiser is now entering its final week.

Each year, U2 fans and others inspired by Bono's tireless activism on behalf of Africa come together to raise money to build water and sanitation projects in Africa. Donations from the five previous fundraisers totaled more than $110,000 and have been used to fund water projects in Angola, Uganda and Zimbabwe. These projects have brought clean water and improved sanitation to thousands of people who were lacking it. This year's campaign is themed "Walk to the water…. walk with me" bringing attention to the distances so many in Africa must walk to obtain a day's supply of water. Donations to the fundraiser may be made by visiting http://www.africanwellfund.org/Bono-Well-2008.html . As in previous years, contributors are invited to sign our online card and leave a birthday wish for Bono after donating. The messages, along with a "Well Share" certificate for the amount donated, will be delivered to Bono at the conclusion of the fundraiser.

Donations collected during this year's campaign will be used to fund a project in Zimbabwe. AWF works with a partner organization, Africare. Africare is one of the leading private, non-profit, charitable organizations assisting Africa. The proposed project seeks to provide clean water to over 11,000 beneficiaries by rehabilitating 30 boreholes, sinking 7 shallow wells and 2 deep wells. The project will also improve sanitation facilities for over 300 pupils at 3 separate schools. Improved sanitation facilities is a necessary component to improving school attendance especially among female students.

The African Well Fund is a unique organization in that it began when a group of U2 fans, inspired by Bono's activism wanted to do something more to help address problems in Africa. The group became a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2002 and partnered with Africare. Aside from the annual fundraiser in honor of Bono's birthday, AWF works year round to raise money and awareness to bring clean water to Africans. AWF is a grassroots, entirely volunteer-run organization enabling administrative costs to be kept at a minimum. Donations collected by the African Well Fund go directly to Africare to fund water and sanitation projects in Africa.

African Well Fund is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2002 to focus on one achievable goal: providing access to clean water to everyone in Africa. Working with our partner Africare, AWF has helped to bring clean water to more than 100,000 people in over 100 communities across Africa. The African Well Fund believes that access to water is not merely a basic human need but a basic human right.

Africare is a leading non-profit organization specializing in African aid. It is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in that field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $710 million in assistance and support -- over 2,000 projects and millions of beneficiaries --to 36 countries Africa-wide. Africare has its international headquarters in Washington, DC, with field offices currently in some 23 African countries.

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