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Prince Harry is ready to to rock at the palace!
Prince Harry is ready to rock at the palace!
The royal is set to host a concert headlined by Coldplay at Kensington Palace Gardens for his African kids’ charity on June 28.
The ambitious fundraiser, aiding Sentebale, will take place against a backdrop of the palace and also star British soul singer Laura Mvula, the charity announced Wednesday.
Coldplay said in a statement, “We’re delighted to join Prince Harry for this very special concert and to support Sentebale’s incredible work with adolescents affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.”
Harry, who recently told PEOPLE he regards kids as an “upgrade of us” as he makes them a focus in most of his charity work, has expanded Sentebale’s efforts to Botswana in order to widen its help across sub-Saharan Africa.
“I never want to lose touch with that generation,” added Harry, who founded the charity more than a decade ago.
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The upcoming concert, which is open for 3,000 ticket holders, will also feature George Mpanga, a newly-named ambassador for the charity who goes by the name of George the Poet and African-Norwegian singing and songwriting duo Nico and Vinz. Other names will be announced soon.
Sentebale says all the proceeds raised from the event will go towards running monthly Saturday clubs, caregiver days and residential weeklong camps at the newly opened Mamohato Children s Centre (which he Harry opened in November, delivering psychosocial support to children living with HIV in Lesotho, and later this year in Botswana.
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According to the charity, HIV is the number one cause of death in 10 to 19 year olds in Africa – despite the fact that progress has been made to reduce the number of new HIV infections globally and ensure people can access treatment over the past 20 years.
Cathy Ferrier, CEO of Sentebale said in a statement, “UNAIDS estimates that only 30 percent of adolescents believed to be living with HIV in Lesotho are accessing medication. HIV and AIDS, no longer needs to be a death sentence, but the problem will not go away unless we act now. Over the course of the next decade, it is our aim to change the tide of this epidemic.
“At Sentebale, we are ever more committed to play our part and use all our resources to help and support many more children living with HIV. The concert is about bringing people together who can make a difference.”
Concert tickets, which start at $115, will go on sale Friday.