By Sam Hofer
Formed in 1976, Irish rock band U2 is one of the most monumental groups of the 20th and 21st century. The band quickly found international success creating hit-after-hit in the 1980’s and 90’s, selling over 150 million records worldwide. In 2005, they were elected to the Rock and Rolled Hall of Fame. All of these accomplishments, wrapped up in 22 Grammy Awards; more than any other band in history. All of this compares little to the work they have done for the planet.
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It began in 1986, when front man, Bono, traveled to Ethiopia with World Vision where he and his wife, Ali, founded an educational program based on one-act-plays with songs and dances to help convey the importance of hygiene, health, safety and many other issues. After this exposure, Bono was hooked on the idea of using his amazing talents and worldwide fame to bring light onto many places in the world where it is needed the most. Since then he has travelled to many other areas in the world such as Nicaragua and El Salvador, bringing relief and sustainably ways to live and prosper.
U2 has recorded many covers of songs for compilation CD’s for causes like Amnesty International and the Red Hot and Blue AIDS charity album. In 2009, they donated all the funds from their Coke Park concert series; totaling to $5 million to Music Generation.
The band’s benevolence hasn’t stopped there: Over the course of their career they have donated to 22 charities supporting 22 causes and are currently involved in supporting Live 8, Make Poverty History and Bono’s DATA Campaign.
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