U2 Will Break 'Sacred Pledge,' and You Could Take Part

Up for a game of mini-golf?
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 28, 2017 9:50 AM CST
U2 Will Break 'Sacred Pledge,' and You Could Take Part
U2 singer Bono is seen in Paris on July 24, 2017.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

When the members of U2 were just young Irish lads, they made "a sacred pledge" to each other that has remained steadfast throughout their decades-long run as rock stars: Never play golf. "We didn't think it was rock 'n' roll," frontman Bono tells the AP. The band is now willing to break that promise in order to raise money for Bono's (RED) charity in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The chance to play a round of mini-golf with one of the world's most popular rock bands is just one of the once-in-a-lifetime celebrity experiences that are being raffled off at Omaze.com/RED as a part of the (RED) Shopathon campaign for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. For a $10 donation by Jan. 18, you get a chance to work out with Charlize Theron, go to a movie premiere with Reese Witherspoon, or visit Seoul with K-pop star Taeyeon.

Bono also is teaming up with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for a (RED) charity special, airing Tuesday on ABC, in which celebrities show off (RED) products for sale. This year's special guests will include Kristen Bell, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Bryan Cranston, Ashton Kutcher, DJ Khaled, and Rita Wilson. Former President Barack Obama also will appear via a taped video message. Formed by Bono and Bobby Shriver, (RED) has raised $500 million in the last 11 years to provide testing, prevention, treatment, counseling, and care services in eight sub-Saharan African countries. Bono credits the American people and government for leading the fight against HIV/AIDS, dating back to former President George W. Bush and continued by Obama. Possible budget cuts mean the need for attention is more critical now, he says. (More Bono stories.)

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