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 Red Cross Children’s Hospital Oncology Unit.
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.
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 is 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.”