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Assisting Africa

Assisting Africa — How Bono, Angelina Jolie, and Madonna have made a difference

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1976
Sally Struthers induces guilt with heartbreaking sponsor-a-child infomercials.

1985
Bob Geldof’s Live Aid, the mother of all charity concerts, raises $70 million for famine relief in sub-Saharan Africa.

1985
”We Are the World” racks up another $45 million to feed Africa.

1988
Audrey Hepburn takes on the developing world’s woes, visiting drought-stricken Ethiopia for UNICEF.

1999
Bono attacks African poverty by crusading for Third World debt relief.

2001
Jolie travels to Sierra Leone and Tanzania as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador.

2006
Madonna adopts toddler in Malawi and later produces a documentary about the African country.

2007
Oprah Winfrey opens school for underprivileged girls in South Africa.

2007
Clooney, Cheadle, Pitt, Matt Damon, and producer Jerry Weintraub pitch in on Darfur by funneling big bucks from benefit movie premieres into their foundation, Not on Our Watch.

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