Mario Batali is the leader-spokesperson of a campaign called Eat (Red) Drink (Red) & Save Lives, which will raise money to fight AIDS/HIV this June through special food and drink events across the world.
Batali’s pal Bono filmed himself reading a limerick to hype the movement. The rhyme is all about what we can do to help combat AIDS and why the chef is just an all-around great guy:
“It costs as little as 40¢ for two life-saving pills that, when taken daily, can prevent an HIV+ mom from passing the virus to her unborn baby,” a press release reads. “Still, 650 babies are needlessly born with the virus every day. EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES rallies the culinary world to help get that number nearer to zero.”
The campaign officially launches May 31 with Batali hosting a fresco dinner at New York City’s Pier 26.
Bono is currently on tour with U2. Next up, the Innocence + Experience Tour hits Phoenix on May 22.
Earlier this month, Batali snagged an Instagram shot of U2 playing “Angel of Harlem” as buskers at a New York City subway station.