On Wednesday 16th January 2019, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend Cirque du Soleil’s premiere of TOTEM at the Royal Albert Hall to raise vital funds and awareness of The Duke’s charity, Sentebale which helps youth affected by HIV in southern Africa.
Founded in 2006 by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso, Sentebale helps the most vulnerable children in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi – the victims of extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic – get the support, tools and education they need to lead long, healthy and productive lives.
The evening will mark the second event in a series of ‘Sentebale Nights’, building on the success of the charity’s first production; a partnership with Cameron Mackintosh Productions in August 2018 with the hit musical HAMILTON, which was attended by both The Duke and Duchess of Sussex amongst other VIP guests and longstanding Sentebale supporters.
Cirque du Soleil, the world’s largest entertainment company, has long been committed to using their unique skills to positively impact people, communities and the planet. Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group’s CEO, said: “Since our very beginnings, we have always been determined to engage responsibly in the communities that we visit throughout the world. We strive to make a difference in the lives of youths and encourage them to change the world. It is because both our organizations share these very values that we will proudly dedicate our TOTEM premiere to the ‘Sentebale Nights’, a perfect way to allow us to raise significant funds and awareness together”.
Johnny Hornby, Chairman of Sentebale, said: “At Sentebale, a large part of our educational work with children and adolescents has focused around engaging them through play, entertainment and music. We’re very grateful to everyone at Cirque du Soleil, for giving us the opportunity to shine a light on the work that Sentebale does to help children and young adults affected by HIV to live happy, healthy and productive lives.”
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