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Pop / Rock 18/04/2005

3rd Annual Bono Birthday Fundraiser Continues, Fans Give Generously

NEW YORK ( - The African Well Fund's 3rd Annual "Build a Well For Bono's Birthday" campaign is off to a an extraordinary start! Midway through the campaign, over $10,000 has been raised. The fundraiser continues through May 1st and AWF hopes to double or triple that amount by then.

The Birthday Well campaign was launched on March 27th in San Diego at the Hard Rock Café with a party hosted by @U2, a U2 fan website. Over $3500 was raised that evening, and since that time donations and birthday greetings have poured in from all over the world. Please visit for complete instructions on how to donate and how to leave an online birthday message for Bono. The messages will be collected and delivered to Bono, along with a "Well Share" for the amount raised.

This year's campaign is an especially exciting one, as it coincides with the first leg of U2's Vertigo tour. African Well Fund volunteers have been distributing flyers at all the Vertigo tour dates thus far and will continue to do so throughout the tour. The African Well Fund is actively seeking participation from tour city radio stations and collaboration with pre-concert events to highlight this issue. and have generously donated ad space on their web sites for the campaign. The fundraiser has also received mentions on and in the VH1/Westwood One newsletter as well as on various radio station websites throughout the country. In addition, many radio stations are airing public service announcements in support of the drive and The Reader, a weekly alternative Omaha newspaper has donated ad space to the campaign

All donations from the campaign go directly to Africare's water project programs. Africare is one of the leading private, non -profit charitable U.S. organizations assisting Africa. For more information please visit The African Well Fund was founded to focus on one achievable goal: providing access to clean water for everyone in Africa. The African Well Fund believes that access to clean water is not merely a basic human need but a basic human right.

The African Well Fund is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded by a group of U2 fans in 2002. Since that time, the African Well Fund has raised over $70,000 to fund water projects. For more information about these projects, please visit and click on Our Wells.

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