People Who Roar: U2
As mentioned earlier with our Alicia Keys post, ROAR supports those who use their celebrity reach to spread a global message and help a cause. ROAR especially supports those who continually do this year after year after year. Musical legends, U2, exemplify the ROAR lifestyle by consistently participating in humanitarian work around the world.
Having been around for over 30 years, U2 has been a global force not only as musicians, but as humanitarians, as well. Being able to use their celebrity persona to help spread a global message has been a staple of this band’s reputation for many, many years and counting. U2 tends to focus issues relating to world hunger and Africa.
Going back about 2 decades ago to the 1980′s, their first philanthropic role took place during “Band Aid”, an event benefiting Ethiopian famine relief. This event led to the production of the hit charity song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Following this performance, they then participated in Live Aid, which also allowed Bono and his wife, Ali, a chance to visit Ethiopia and see the problem first-hand. As many of us very well know, this was only the beginning of U2′s vast humanitarian efforts.
In 1986, they participated in A Conspiracy of Hope, a benefit meant to support Amnesty International and their home country of Ireland. On top of that, in the exact same year, Bono and his wife we able to venture on a trip to Nicaragua and El Salvador, where they were able to witness the effects of the El Salvador Civil War, which spawned inspiration for one of their more popular albums, The Joshua Tree.
Other efforts that the group has donated their charitable time to are Project Red, The ONE Campaign, and various organizations that helped victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Most recently, they showed support for the Green Revolution during the Iran protests in June.
U2 is pretty well known for all their activism in the global community, and they’ve gotten more than just worldwide praise for their efforts. In recognition of their humanitarian achievements, Portugal awarded U2, the first ever musical group chosen, with it’s highest honor, “The Order of Liberty.”
artistic creation with civic and humanitarian intervention to help build a better world.”
Bono was also knighted in Great Britain for his philanthropic work in Ireland. Though it’s not correct to call him “Sir” (because that title is reserved for people of British descent only), he’s officially an honorary knight.
Bono not only takes part in these great organizations, but he, along with Bobby Shriver, also created his own non-profit, in 2002 called DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa). It’s primary goal is to help eradicate poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa, all the while encouraging Americans to contact senators and other legislators and elected officials to help them voice their opinion regarding the issue at hand.
ROAR has an enormous amount of respect for celebrities of such stature as U2 who bring awareness to the problems of the world that they care deeply about. It’s one thing to say that you care about the world; it’s another thing to show you care about the world. U2 not only express their concerns about global problems, but they also have an active role in helping fix the issues.