Talk show host Oprah Winfrey and humanitarian rocker Bono went on a shopping spree in Chicago to promote a new line of clothing, accessories and gadgets, including a special-edition iPod, that will raise money to fight AIDS in Africa.
Dozens of "(Product) Red" items will go on sale in the coming weeks by Gap Inc., Apple Computer Inc., Motorola Inc., Converse Inc. and Emporio Armani.
Portions of the product sales will go to The Global Fund, an organization that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
"Some people won't put on marching boots, so we've got to get to people where they are at, and they're in the shopping malls," Bono said in a phone interview. "Now you're buying jeans and T-shirts, and you're paying for 10 women in Africa to get medication for their children with HIV."
The Gap, which will debut its Red line in stores on Friday, will donate half the profits to The Global Fund.
Apple will contribute $10 (Ђ8) from the sale of each new red-colored iPod nano. The model, priced the same as its $199 (Ђ159) cousins, goes on sale Friday.
The celebrities, who arrived at a downtown Chicago Gap store Thursday in a red Ford Thunderbird, got a sneak peak at the products during a private shopping stint that will be broadcast Friday on Winfrey's show.
After visiting the Gap, the duo walked along Michigan Avenue to an Apple store and picked up the red iPod, the first music product from the Cupertino, California-based company designed to raise money for charity.
The two also stopped at Armani and Motorola stores, reports AP.
"Shop 'till it stops," said Bono as he walked out of the Apple store clutching bulging shopping bags.
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