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.

Sentebale Chairman Johnny Hornby told the audience: ” Our hope is that tonight we can raise awareness of the challenges being faced by young people affected by HIV in sub-Saharan Africa change the conversation surrounding the virus, and most importantly raise vital funds that will ensure these young people are supported and get the right start in life. Our ambition is to empower a generation to drive positive change, dispelling stigma in their communities, nationally and globally too.”

Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi UK, said: “We are incredibly proud to support Sentebale and the crucial work they do in southern Africa. The Sentebale Audi Concert was an outstanding evening of entertainment and the perfect platform to raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause.”

Sekgabo Seselamarumo said: “I want to give adolescents living with HIV hope and help them see that there is life beyond HIV and that they can be anything and everything they want to be despite being HIV positive through the different programs by Sentebale. They mustn’t limit themselves just because of HIV.”

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.

Morena Leraba, a musician and shepherd from Lesotho, who fuses traditional Famo music with a lively mix of genres including rock, electronic music, reggae and hip-hop electrified the audience. Performers of the 2019 Commonwealth Ceremony and ITV’s 2018 Britain’s Got Talent finalists, B Positive bought the audience to its feet with the finale song This Is Me from the Greatest Showman.

Funds raised from this concertwill enable Sentebale to continue providing care, education and critical psychosocial support to children and adolescents coming to terms with living with HIV in southern Africa.

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Source:: Daily Times


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