By Devlin Smith
In honor of Adam Clayton's March 13 birthday, the African Well Fund is hosting a special auction to benefit the Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser. Up for bid is a copy of the "Under a Blood Red Sky" deluxe CD/DVD reissue signed by Bono, Adam Clayton and The Edge.
The signed "Under a Blood Red Sky" will be auctioned on the African Well Fund eBay page beginning Thursday, March 12 at 9 a.m. Eastern time and will close on Saturday, March 14. Bids will start at $70 to coincide with this year's Build a Well for Bono's Birthday theme of "70 Days to Change the World."
African Well Fund volunteer Ayesha Marcel got signatures from Bono and Clayton while U2 was in Los Angeles for the Grammys in February. She told both that the CD would be auctioned off for Build a Well for Bono's Birthday, so Bono included his birthday with his signature ("10/5/60" or May 10, 1960).
"Adam simply listened as I explained to him what the AWF was about. I didn't know whether or not he was familiar with the AWF, so I felt I should explain why I was having him autograph the CD and what we hoped to accomplish," Marcel said. "With Bono, I knew he was aware of the AWF so I didn't have to do any explaining. Just saying the words 'African Well Fund' was enough to get his attention and he graciously agreed to sign the CD even though he was in a rush."
Marcel got The Edge's signature on the CD earlier this week when U2 was in Los Angeles for the first night of the "U2 3 Nights Live" radio broadcasts.
This isn't the first signed item Marcel has gotten for AWF. She helped collect signatures from Bono, Ali Hewson and Rogan Gregory on an EDUN shirt that was part of the 2007 Got Water? auction.
"U2 items are always popular when AWF auctions are held, and autographed items even more so, so if I can help procure something that's going to bring in higher bids or more donations, then I'm more than happy to do so," Marcel said.
The seventh annual Build a Well for Bono's Birthday fundraiser will fund a water project in Liberia. Learn more about the project here. Learn more about the fundraiser, including how to donate, by visiting the Build a Well for Bono's Birthday page.