African Well Fund Auctioning Celebrity Doodles to Raise Money for Water Project in Burkina Faso

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Original drawings by celebrities including George Clooney and Elvis Costello will be auctioned to raise money for the annual Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser.

As part of its 10th Annual Build a Well for Bono's Birthday Fundraiser, the African Well Fund http://www.africanwellfund.org is auctioning drawings by celebrities including George Clooney, Elvis Costello and Anton Corbijn to raise money to fund a water, sanitation and hygiene project in Burkina Faso that will be implemented by African Well Fund partner Africare http://www.africare.org and aims to create a healthy environment for 257 schoolchildren. The auction will run May 5–12 on eBay http://myworld.ebay.com/theafricanwellfund/.

"Bono has inspired so many people to care about Africa and its people, not just U2 fans like us, but also his many famous friends and fans," said Abbey Fisher, doodle project coordinator. "We wanted to do something special to honor Bono and celebrate the 10th Annual Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser, so our board president, Rob Trigalet, had a great idea for us to ask Bono's celebrity friends and fans to draw a doodle, either of Bono or of an image reflecting his work throughout the African continent. We have gotten a great response, and I am thrilled with the doodles we've received so far from celebrities like George Clooney, Elvis Costello and Anton Corbijn. It shows us that people really want to help those who go without clean water and sanitation on a daily basis, and it's a great opportunity to reach new supporters for our lifesaving projects."

The African Well Fund is still accepting doodles for the auction. For more information on donating a sketch, contact Fisher at afisher(at)africanwellfund(dot)org.

From World Water Day, March 22nd, through Bono's birthday, May 10th, the African Well Fund is inviting U2 fans and others who are inspired by Bono's tireless activism on behalf of Africa to make a donation through the organization's website http://www.africanwellfund.org/Bono-Well-2012.html in honor of his 52nd birthday. The organization will also be raising funds by selling limited-edition prints through its website and T-shirts through its Zazzle store http://www.zazzle.com/africanwellfund. All donors are invited to add their names and birthday wishes to a card on the African Well Fund website that will be sent to Bono in care of Principle Management.

For more information on the Burkina Faso project, visit http://www.africanwellfund.org/forum/showthread.php?t=3304.

Donations from the nine previous Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraisers have totaled more than $213,000 and have been used to fund clean water and sanitation projects implemented by AWF partner Africare to benefit more than 56,000 people in Angola, Benin, 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 organization has raised more than $985,000 to fund 242 projects in 15 countries, benefiting more than 325,000 people.

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