May 2013 Archives

A Gift for Mom & Clean Water in One Click

| No Comments

Board member Devlin Smith shares one way she's found to support African Well Fund while celebrating her mom!

I knew exactly what I wanted to buy my mom for Mother's Day and knew just where to get it-- GoodShop. I visited the site, a searchable listing of thousands of online retailers who will donate a portion of your purchase to the charity of your choice, entered the name of the retailer who offers the gift my mom had been asking for, clicked, placed the order, earned African Well Fund 2 percent of the purchase price, and the gift is now on its way.

Thousands of online retailers are listed with GoodShop, so you can use it to do all of your Mother's Day shopping. The site even has a special page featuring dozens of special offers for Mother's Day, so not only can you earn money for AWF with your purchase, you can also save yourself a few dollars.

GoodShop is a product of GoodSearch, a search engine that donates 1 cent per web search to the charity of your choice. Site users can also earn money for the charity of their choice several others ways through the site, including playing games, taking surveys and eating out. AWF has been listed with GoodSearch since December 2005 and has earned more than $1,500 in that time from its supporters' web searches and online purchases.

If you'd like your web searches or purchases to benefit AWF projects, click here and let the site know you're supporting African Well Fund (Schenectady, NY).

U2 Conference Reflections: A Grateful Community

| No Comments

African Well Fund board member Abbey Fisher recently attended the 2nd U2 Academic Conference in Cleveland. She shares her experience with us below.


This past weekend, a group of African Well Fund volunteers and board members were fortunate to attend the 2nd U2 Academic Conference in Cleveland.  We hosted an information table, with the hopes of meeting old and new friends, raising funds for the 11th Bono Birthday Well, and promoting our work to a unique audience - those who are fans of U2 and who have studied their impact on society and on all of us.  I had the pleasure of creating our table display, and because I'm newer to AWF, it was a treat to look through information about the previous fundraisers, and see the growth of this great organization.  Ten years on, U2 fans have donated over $223,000 for the birthday wells, and made a difference in the lives of over 56,000 Africans - amazing!

 When I was thinking of what to write about for this post, I asked my fellow AWFers what their impressions were.  We felt that there were two themes expressed throughout the weekend: Community and Gratitude.  We were among people who shared our concerns for the people of Africa, Sarajevo, Burma; anywhere people struggle to survive.  And while we all got a few funny looks from friends when we told them where we were going for the weekend, this community of people really got it.  Our outreach has grown throughout the years, but U2 fans are the group that has overwhelmingly supported AWF since its inception.  These are our people.

 We are incredibly grateful for Scott Calhoun, the conference organizer, who worked so hard to make the event happen, and for going above and beyond in making sure we were featured prominently at two special events.  


Diane Yoder & Rob Trigalet with 'Meet Me in the Sound' director Natalie Baker.

First was a screening of Natalie Baker's beautiful and moving film about the fan experience, Meet Me In The Sound.  When AWF's chair, Rob Trigalet, spoke in the film about the organization's origin, we heard several audience members say, "I didn't know that!" 

We are grateful for the opportunity to illustrate the power of music to inspire - thank you Natalie! 

On Saturday night, Unforgettable Fire, the world's longest-running U2 tribute band, played a great show at the Cleveland Hard Rock CafĂ©. The Hard Rock donated a portion of each ticket price to AWF!  Both events helped us raise several hundred dollars and get the 2013 Birthday Well fundraiser off to a great start. 

 We are also thankful to all of the presenters and conference participants - especially those who stopped by the table to say hi - for the stimulating conversation and encouragement.  Nearly everyone we talked to expressed gratitude for U2's impact in our lives, and for AWF's work.  We heard over and over again that we really do have the power to change the world, and that no other band could have brought together such a dedicated and passionate group of fans to make a difference.  Who knew that AWF's humble beginnings as a small group of fans who were inspired by Bono's work, and who were just "trying to do a damn thing" about the seemingly huge problems in our world, could itself be an inspiration for others?


 Abbey Fisher & Bill Carter

My personal favorite session was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, featuring Bill Carter, who brought Sarajevo to the world during the height of the siege in the early 1990s, with live video feeds during U2's ZooTV tour.  Bill spoke about the power of U2 to reach a wide audience, and how their popularity brought attention to the suffering of those living in Sarajevo at the time.  Bill signed his book, "Fools Rush In," and the DVD of his "Miss Sarajevo" film, which we'll be auctioning during the Got Water? auction this fall.  He could not have been more kind, and said he follows our work and would love to help us in any way he can.  Thank you, Bill, for your generosity!

I came home tired but really energized and hopeful about the future.  See you at the next conference!

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries from May 2013 listed from newest to oldest.

March 2013 is the previous archive.

July 2013 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.