Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own

Posted: November 2, 2010 by tubridysean in AIDs
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Bono is most famous for being the frontman of one of the most successful bands of all time, U2.  However, he does not let this mega-fame go to his head.  Bono is one of the most philanthropic celebrities alive today, founding DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), EDUN, ONE Campaign, and Product Red.  Bono also uses his music and his relationship with other musicians to affect the world.  Bono was one of the organizers of Live 8 and even performed at it.  For his humanitarian work to end poverty and hunger, Bono was granted knighthood on March 29, 2007.  In addition to being knighted, Bono has also been nomintaed for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, 2005, and 2006.

Bono talks about Make Poverty History and what brought him to be a philanthropist:

In spite of Bono’s generosity, some people still criticize him and his efforts to end poverty and hunger.  For example, activist Paul Theroux called Bono’s work a “grand orgy of narcissistic philanthropy.”  I think Mr. Theroux needs to understand that Bono is bringing money and attention to the needs of the African people.  I don’t think it matters if Bono is being philanthropic only to improve his image.  He is using his time and money to help improve the lives of others, how can you denounce that?

Bono is an extreme example of the lengths artists and celebrities should go to in order to give back to the world.  Bono is a deeply religious man who touches lives not only through his music but also through his philanthropy throughout the word and particularly in Africa.

One — U2 (Live at Live8):


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