Singer-songwriter Rita Ora will headline the Sentebale Audi Concert in the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday 11 June 2019.
The evening of entertainment, guaranteed to be one of the most memorable events of the summer calendar, will raise awareness and funds for Sentebale, the charity founded by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, to support children and young people affected by HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi; countries where HIV remains a leading cause of death.
Sentebale ambassador and spoken word poet, George the Poet (George Mpanga) will join Rita Ora and others – yet to be announced – 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 the first time Audi UK has supported the event.
Proceeds raised from the evening will help the charity address the mental health and wellbeing of many more children and young people whose lives have been affected by HIV in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi.
Sentebale was founded in 2006 by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso with a vision to positively transform the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, many the victims of extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS.
Eastern and southern Africa remain the regions most affected by the HIV epidemic, accounting for 45% of the world’s HIV infections and 53% of people living with HIV globally (UNIAIDS 2018). Despite great progress made worldwide in combatting the AIDS epidemic, three out of four new HIV infections among 15 to 19-year-olds are among young women and stigma is a major factor, preventing youth knowing their HIV status and accessing lifesaving treatment and care.
Today, Sentebale is delivering youth-appropriate HIV prevention solutions and testing services, together with monthly Saturday clubs to over 4,600 children and young people who are coming to terms with living with HIV in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi.
Additionally, Sentebale has developed a youth-led advocacy programme to encourage this generation to drive positive change in HIV services to better reflect their needs. Last year alone, Sentebale’s youth volunteers delivered sexual and reproductive health education in schools and communities to over 100,000 of their peers.
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.
Tickets are on presale now and go on general sale on Friday 10 May at 10 am. You can purchase them here.
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