The European leg of the 2010 U2 360° Tour is done and I’m now back in the ONE office in London. It was a long haul, and looking back on it all, I only have two words: thank you.
To my 500 volunteers who managed to collect more than 70,000 petition signatures: thank you. You were epic. 8 hours on your feet talking to fans and at the end of the day you still were wearing smiles as big as your hearts. In scorching heat and pouring rain, you kept working long past when anyone not fuelled by passion for justice would have called it quits.
To those 70,000 fans who signed our petition to end the mother to child transmission of HIV: thank you. Thank you for taking the time to make a difference. I hope to continue campaigning with you as ONE. We have a lot of work to do, but if your enthusiasm for the cause stays as strong as the day you signed the first petition, I don’t doubt that we can make a real difference.
To U2 and the U2 crew: thank you. None of this would have happened without you, from the smallest gesture of helping move my tent case to making sure that ONE was fully integrated into the tour, you’ve enabled ONE volunteers to get out there and make a difference. Above all that, your company and companionship over the last few months made the long days and nights and absolute joy.
To the entire ONE staff: thank you. The few of you I saw at shows and the many more working on this project back in the office are about the hardest working, smartest, and most dedicated people in the world. I’m looking forward to working hard with you to make sure that the voices of ONE members around the world are heard loud and clear in the halls of governance.
Finally, to my amazing colleague Maura – pictured above on her tour-training day in Brussels: thank you. Thanks for taking over the ONE presence on the U2 360° Tour as it moves from Europe, and letting me get back home for a while. I have every confidence that you’ll do an amazing job. And on that note: TAG! You’re it!
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