African Well Fund Auctioning Limited-Edition Bono Photograph by Colm Henry for Build a Well for Bono's Birthday Fundraiser

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Nonprofit organization auctioning limited-edition photograph as part of its drive to raise $50,000 between March 22 and May 10 to fund water and sanitation projects in Zimbabwe in honor of the U2 lead singer's 50th birthday.

The African Well Fund ( is auctioning a limited-edition photograph of Bono generously donated by photographer Colm Henry ( to benefit the eighth annual Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser. Henry took the photograph of Bono during the "Rattle & Hum" recording sessions. The print measures 20 x 24 inches and is No. 3 in an edition of only 15 copies.

The limited-edition photograph will be up for bid ( May 5 through May 10. Bids will start at $500.

Henry began his photography career in Ireland in the late 1970s. He first met U2 at The Baggott Inn in 1978 and worked with the group for more than 10 years. Henry's photographs from that era are featured in "U2: The Early Years by Colm Henry" (, on exhibit through June 6 at the Proud Camden gallery in London.

Henry's work has appeared in publications including Hot Press, Hello, The Sunday Times, Marie Claire and VIP, as well as the first posters and tour programs for "Riverdance."

The African Well Fund is aiming to raise $50,000 during the 50-day period of March 22 to May 10 to honor U2 lead singer Bono's 50th birthday. All funds raised will benefit a community water and sanitation project in the Buhera District of Zimbabwe that will be implemented by Africare, African Well Fund's partner.

To reach the $50,000 goal, the African Well Fund is accepting donations through its website (, selling a limited-edition print by artist Azalea Millet and auctioning U2 360 Tour concert tickets on eBay.

Millet has donated limited-edition hand-signed and numbered prints that are currently being sold for $50 through the African Well Fund's website (

General admission tickets for U2 360 Tour dates in Salt Lake City , Anaheim and Philadelphia are being auctioned ( between Monday, May 3 and Saturday, May 8.

All donors are invited to add their birthday wishes to a card that will be sent to Bono via Principle Management.

Donations from the seven previous Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraisers have totaled over $170,000 and have been used to fund water and sanitation projects implemented by African Well Fund partner Africare to benefit more than 28,000 people in Angola, Ethiopia, Liberia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The African Well Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of funding clean water and sanitation projects in sub-Saharan Africa . Since its founding in 2002, the African Well Fund has raised more than $700,000 to fund more than 200 projects in 13 African nations, benefiting more than 260,000 people.


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