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8 November 2012
Right To Play UK's inaugural gala dinner, the Big Red Ball, supported by 21 athletes including Ambassadors Mark Cavendish, Anna Watkins 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.