Irish popstar and philanthropist, Ronan Keating, is excited to announce his very own charity event in Cape Town, South Africa. The two-part event, A night with Ronan Keating presented by Citadel, taking place in May 2018 will comprise of a gala dinner and charitable auction at the One and Only in Cape Town followed by a golf tournament.
The golf tournament will see Ronan Keating partner with golf legend, friend, and fellow philanthropist, Gary Player, to bring together the best in music and golf for a great cause. Inspired by the loss of both Player’s and Keating’s mothers to cancer, the funds raised at this exclusive event will be donated to the upgrade of the Oncology Unit – an upgrade which is being administered by The Children’s Hospital Trust, an independent non-profit organisation established to raise funds to support the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital - the a stand-alone tertiary hospital, exclusively for children, in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Oncology Unit at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital is a place that holds stories of courage, stories of survival, stories of loss and stories of unexpected triumph over this disease. The 21-bed ward is home to doctors, nurses and specialists who have dedicated their lives to helping their young patients fight cancer. Funds raised will be allocated to this Oncology Unit upgrade, to alleviate the number of challenges faced.
The Red Cross Children’s Hospital Oncology Unit was selected as the beneficiary by The Ronan Keating Foundation, which is managed through the Citadel Philanthropic Fund headed up by former Springbok Captain, Jean de Villiers. Andrew Moller, CEO of Citadel added “We are excited to be a part of an event that has charity at the heart of it. The Citadel Philanthropic Foundation is the first donor-advised fund of its kind in South Africa and for us to partner with a giant in the music world to better the lives of children impacted by cancer is a remarkable thing and the best way for us to celebrate our 25 years since inception.”
Guests at the inaugural A Night with Ronan Keating presented by Citadel gala, will be treated to a private performance by Keating alongside some special guest performers. The charity auction is set to host a range of bespoke items and remarkable bucket-list experiences up for bid, with all proceeds being donated to the selected beneficiary.
South Africa’s most celebrated and decorated golf icon, Gary Player, who has raised more than $64 million for charity to date and aims to raise $100 million by the year 2025, will be there to support Keating, not only the golf tournament, but at the gala dinner and charitable auction too.
Player, who is the only golfer to have won The Open in three different consecutive decades, has kept charitable efforts at the centre of his successful career. He is also the driving force behind The Player Foundation and a significant force when it comes to charity golf events across the world. “I am so glad Ronan has chosen my home country as the location for this remarkable event and a locally based beneficiary, I am thrilled that I can support him after he has done the same for me and my charitable efforts for so many years” said Player.
Ronan Keating, who is recognised for his music but also his philanthropic work in memory of his late mother, Marie Keating, added “The devastation of cancer impacts the lives of so many, and it’s something that has been incredibly close to my heart since losing my mom to the disease. This is why I feel that I have a responsibility to help children in this position and I’m looking forward to partnering with Gary Player and Citadel on this in South Africa.”