GABORONE, BOTSWANA — The Duke of Sussex of the British Royal Family, Prince Harry will next week Tuesday (June 11th) host a concert in the UK at the grounds of Hampton Court Palace for his Southern African-based charity organization, Sentebale aimed at raising funds for its cause.
Sentebale is a charity organization founded by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006 following Prince Harry’s gap year to Lesotho in 2004. It now has branches in Botswana, Lesotho and Malawi to offer psycho-social support to young people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Through a model of monthly network club meetings across the whole country and camps held over school holidays, the organisation offers essential life skills and psycho-social support to adolescents living with HIV.
Programmes run are implemented in a safe environment that allows for adolescents to address their mental health and wellbeing amongst their peers, giving them the tools and knowledge they need to lead long, healthy and productive lives. For their effort to raise funds, Botswana’s branch will join other counterparts in United Kingdom on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday 11th June 2019 in a musical concert.
Speaking to Botswana Unplugged in Gaborone, Sentebale Botswana’s Advocacy and Communications officer, Olerato Keegope said two representatives from Botswana will attend the concert, with one of them being 23-year-old Sekgabo Seselamarumo, an advocate of the organizations’s advocacy programme, Let Youth Lead.
“As an organization we are excited that one of our Let Youth Lead Advocates, Sekgabo (Seselamarumo) was nominated to travel to London and attend this amazing concert that Botswana is also a beneficiary of. She will have the opportunity to also be on stage and share her experiences as a way to motivate and inspire other youth affected by HIV, and also rally support from attendees and the world for their efforts towards the fight against HIV/AIDS.
While in London, Sekgabo will meet and interact with our fellow colleagues, donors, friends and supporters of Sentebale. We believe that this opportunity will empower her personally and professionally. Our Head of Programmes Ms Ketlogetswe Montshiwa will accompany her to London. I have the full confidence that Botswana will be well represented,” said Keegope.
Sentebale ambassador, George the Poet officially known as George Mpanga will join Rita Ora and other artists to perform to an audience of 3,000 people, all coming together in a celebration of African and Western culture.Organised in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces – the independent charity which cares for Hampton Court Palace – the Sentebale Audi Concert will be supported for the first time ever by Audi UK.
Rita Ora, said: “I am honoured to perform at the Sentebale Audi Concert and raise awareness and provide critical emotional and psychological support to young people living with and affected by HIV in southern Africa.”
Meanwhile Richard Miller, Chief Executive of Sentebale, said, “We’re delighted that some of the biggest global performers are helping Sentebale deliver a sustainable, quality programme for children and young people affected by HIV, enabling them to lead healthy, happy and productive lives. The Sentebale Audi Concert will bring people together to help empower new generations to seek positive change and dispel stigma in local communities, often preventing children and young people from knowing and managing their HIV status.”
For his part, Andrew Doyle the Director of Audi UK said: “We are honoured and excited to offer our continued support to Sentebale. Together with The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, we will ensure the Sentebale Audi Concert is an evening of world-class entertainment and successful in achieving its charitable aims.”
John Barnes, CEO of Historic Royal Palaces, said: “Historic Royal Palaces is proud to be partnering with Sentebale for what promises to be an incredible evening of entertainment at Hampton Court Palace. As well as the opportunity to enjoy a stellar line-up of artists in this impressive setting, each ticket sale directly supports the important work Sentebale undertake to improve the lives of children and young people living with HIV.”
Sentebale’s inaugural outdoor music concert at Kensington Palace in 2016, headlined by Coldplay, has enabled the charity to reach thousands more young people in recent years.Over the last decade, Sentebale has supported thousands of children and young people affected by extreme poverty and the HIV epidemic, providing them with the life skills, peer-networks and education to lead healthy, productive lives.
Proceeds from the evening will go towards Sentebale’s projects supporting youth affected by HIV in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi, and Historic Royal Palaces’ conservation and education programmes.
Botswana’s Sentebale has 41 clubs countrywide and reach out to over 1200 adolescents.