Back when they were just wee lads in Ireland, the members of U2 made a pledge to each other, and they have remained committed to it for decades. “U2 made a pledge early on, as teenagers actually, when we formed the band that the one thing we would never ever do — and it was a sacred pledge — was to play golf,” Bono said in a recent interview. “We didn’t think it was rock ‘n’ roll.”
However, things change, and Bono says they’re now willing to abandon that pledge in order to raise money for his (RED) charity, which has been a driving force in the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. The chance to play a round of mini golf with one of the world’s most successful bands is one of the experiences being raffled off as part of the (RED) Shopathon campaign for this Friday’s World AIDS Day. A $10 donation also gets you a chance to work out with Charlize Theron or attend a film premiere with Reese Witherspoon, among other things.
Bono is also hooking up again with Jimmy Kimmel for a (RED) charity special, airing at 8:35 Pacific tonight on ABC. Guests include Bono, Kristen Bell, Bryan Cranston, Sean “Diddy” Combs (or whatever his name is this five minutes), Ashton Kutcher, Rita Wilson and DJ Khaled. Former President Barack Obama will also appear via a recorded video message.
(RED), formed by Bono and Bobby Shriver, has generated $500 million over the past 11 years, with funds directed to testing, prevention, treatment, counseling and care services in eight sub-Saharan African countries.