Sentebale

With Southern Africa having the biggest HIV epidemic in the world, & members of the company personally affected by the tragedy of losing loved ones to AIDS we want to support a charity that not only aligns with the messages of the show but that also benefits sufferers of HIV & Aids in Africa. SENTEBALE’s  mission to become the leading organisation in the provision of psychosocial support for children living with HIV in Southern Africa has in our minds very clear synergies and we can’t think of a better charity to partner with in Southern Africa.

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The Sentebale Audi Concert rocked Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, for an audience of 3,000 guests. During the concert, which was attended by the charity’s Co-Founding Patrons, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, Sentebale youth advocates from southern Africa called for an end to HIV-related stigma.

Headlined by singer-songwriter Rita Ora, the concert was supported by a host of Western and African acts. VIP guests included Tom Hardy, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Arterton and James Norton.

Together with sponsors, Audi, Historic Royal Palaces – the independent charity which cares for Hampton Court Palace – and American Express, all came together to raise awareness of issues surrounding HIV and AIDS in southern Africa, and funds for Sentebale’s work in Lesotho and Botswana – two countries with the world’s second and third highest HIV infection rates.

Whilst efforts have intensified to address discrimination, stigma continues to endanger people living with the virus, and still prevents millions of young people from coming forward for testing and for prevention and treatment services.

As well as raising awareness and inspiring action with the hashtag #StopTheStigma, the charity asked the audience to donate texting STIGMA20 to 70191 to raise £20 to pay for a child living with HIV to attend a Saturday club in Botswana or Lesotho.

In a celebration of African and Western culture, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Rita Ora and Sentebale ambassador and spoken word artist, George the Poet (George Mpanga) performed to an audience of 3,000 people. Other performers included INALA, the hit Zulu ballet created by Sisters Grimm and award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin OBE, featuring current and former dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert, BBC Young dancer winner Nafisah Baba and music from the live West End shows featuring Soweto Gospel Choir.

 

SEE the HIGHLIGHTS video here: https://vimeo.com/341854208

 

READ MORE HERE: https://sentebale.org/youth-advocates-call-for-an-end-to-hiv-stigma-during-the-sentebale-audi-concert-attended-by-the-duke-of-sussex/