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Sports Stars and Olympians Raise Money for Right To Play

Right To Play UK’s inaugural gala dinner, the Big Red Ball, supported by 21 athletes including Ambassadors Mark Cavendish, Zoe Smith and Mark Hunter raised over £480,000 for the charity’s sport and play programmes that help improve children’s lives. 2011 World Road Race Champion and Tour de France 2011 green jersey winner Mark Cavendish has supported the charity for over three years now and last month visited Right To Play programmes in Tanzania experiencing first-hand the impact of their work. Sky Sports News travelled to Tanzania with Cavendish to film a Special Report looking into his life and his support for the charity, this documentary was aired on Monday 5th November.

The Big Red Ball on Tuesday saw 500 guests entertained by a Q&A with Cavendish, who spoke about the recent trip to Tanzania. Cavendish also donated three auction prizes that contributed over £30,000 towards the night’s total. His support over the years highlighted by his recent endeavours displays his dedication and commitment to the international Sport for Development charity.

Cavendish said: “We all take play, messing about with our mates, kicking a football and riding a bike for granted- these kids have not had any opportunities to have fun and develop until they got involved with Right To Play- what they do is so simple but so effective. I’m really proud to be part of this organisation.”

Cavendish isn’t the only Ambassador to have visited Right To Play programmes and also perform a key role at the Big Red Ball, Olympic rower Mark Hunter also visited Tanzania and gave an inspirational account of his trip at the charity ball.

All funds raised will go towards Right To Play programmes in countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America that use the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity.

About Right To Play
Right To Play is a global organisation that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change. Founded in 2000 by four-time Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Our programmes are facilitated by 590 international staff and nearly 12,000 volunteer Coaches.

Visit us at
Registered Charity Number: 1112404

For more information:
Megan Prosser
Marketing & Communications Manager
Right To Play
Tel: 020 7812 0635
Mobile: 07557 525 925

Photo Credit: Getty Images


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