Monday 18 December 2017

Hang out with Clooney, Snoop Dogg and Kim thanks to Bono

Donors can spend time with George Clooney and help fight AIDS
Donors can spend time with George Clooney and help fight AIDS

Mesfin Fekadu

Would you like to spend some quality time with George Clooney?

Or walk down the red carpet with Meryl Streep? Perhaps visiting the Game of Thrones set or taking a 'contouring masterclass' with Kim Kardashian are more your thing?

Well, all of the above are possible thanks to U2 front-man Bono.

The rock star is launching an all-star fundraising campaign featuring "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" which can be won after donating at least €11 to his RED organisation, which raises funds to fight AIDS.

The campaign kicks off today and coincides with World AIDS Day.

Bono isn't just the face for the movement: he has agreed to go on a bike ride with one donor - a year after he was seriously injured in a bike accident in New York's Central Park that forced him into surgery.

"I'm not sure that was as funny to my band as it was to me," Bono said.

"But I think we're going to have fun and yeah, we'll go visit the scene of the crime."

Talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel is dedicating his Tuesday late-night show to the campaign.

Other "experiences" include learning the art of contouring with Kim Kardashian or attending a university of Texas football game with Matthew McConaughey,

You could win a portrait painting by James Franco, or a one-day "wellness break" with Snoop Dogg in Colorado.

Meanwhile, Ryan Seacrest has said he will let someone announce the No. 1 song on his radio show.

"When you see how much work Bono does personally to fight AIDS, it's almost embarrassing, it's the least we can do or anyone can do to help," Jimmy Kimmel said.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match every dollar raised up to $20 million (€18.9m).

"It's a big day, World AID Days," Bono said. "It's crucial this year. This is the most crucial year. We can feel people going, 'Oh yeah, that AIDS thing is done now,' and we're like, 'No! It's not!'"

Irish Independent

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