U2 has thrown its support behind the Legacy of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization aiding to bring one of Nelson Mandela's final wishes to fruition - the construction of the 5th dedicated children's hospital on the entire continent of Africa. The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital will provide access to high-quality medical care for the children of Southern Africa, regardless of their ability to pay. This facility will have a profound, transformative effect on healthcare in the region. All members of U2, including Bono, a longtime ally and friend of Mr. Mandela and supporter of his charitable efforts, signed one of the Edge's acoustic guitars for Legacy of Hope. Bono, who was recently injured during a cycling accident in New York City, has been recuperating following surgery, but nevertheless still wanted to show his support. Prolific rock star Bono tagged the guitar with the inscription, "There's no them there's only us!"
When reached for comment, Eric Gast, CEO/Executive Producer of the Legacy of Hope Foundation, stated "We are truly honored that U2 would show their support with this wonderful gesture and I'm moved that Bono, in his current state, would have the resolve to help support Mr. Mandela's dream of free and accessible healthcare for the children of Southern Africa."
The Legacy of Hope Foundation has garnered the support of numerous artists, celebrities and distinguished civil rights leaders, some of whom serve on its Honorary Board, including Ruby Bridges, Christy Turlington Burns, Ed Burns, Viola Davis, Dame Judi Dench, Arun Gandhi, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Katherine Heigl, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Larry King, Sir Ben Kingsley, Salma Hayek Pinault, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Octavia Spencer, Charlize Theron, Ben Vereen, Barbara Walters, Elie and Marion Wiesel, Her Highness Princess Dalal Al-Saud, and the late Dr. Maya Angelou.
For more information, please visit http://www.legacyofhope.org