The New Zealand – Australia leg of the U2 360° Tour has begun and what a great start! In true ONE fashion, an incredible group of passionate ONE members came out to volunteer in Auckland, and together signed up thousands of others to the fight against extreme poverty.
ONE volunteers at the show in Auckland
The days were long and the weather was unpredictable. I scoffed when someone said to prepare for all four seasons in one day. Alas, the weather would go from rainy and cool to bright, sunny skies in the blink of an eye. Local New Zealanders also were not joking when they said to watch out for the sun. Let’s just say I learned that lesson the hard way…correction, the back of my neck learned that lesson the hard way… and I won’t need to be told twice!
Over the course of the two shows in Auckland, more than 40 dedicated members, many of whom came out for both shows, committed an entire day’s work to volunteer on behalf of ONE. The team came out to Mount Smart Stadium early in the day and spent the afternoon and evening chatting with U2 fans about ONE and our work. Between the shows, our dedicated team of New Zealand ONE’ers signed up almost 5,000 new ONE Members who have committed to doing their part in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. I am tremendously proud of that number as well as the New Zealand team that made it possible!
My first stop on the U2 360° Tour in New Zealand was an enjoyable one but the most memorable part was the generosity and passion of the New Zealand people. I thank the ONE’ers who came out to volunteer and I look forward to working with all of you again soon.
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