Ronan Keating will be performing at the upcoming Global Gift Celebrity Golf Challenge event.
On October 15, the action will begin with a round of golf at Estepona Golf. Later that evening, Keating will give an acoustic performance at an elegant gala dinner at the Gran Meliá Don Pepe Hotel.
Funds raised will go towards the Global Gift Foundation (and in particular, Casa Global Gift – a multi-functional home offering treatment rooms and therapies and housing five local charities and foundations); the Marie Keating Foundation (for cancer awareness); and Cudeca.
Keating will be joined by Maria Bravo, British actor and presenter, Vernon Kay, models Thom Evans and Jodie Kidd and singer/presenter, Alesha Dixon. Marisa Cutillas brings you an exclusive interview with the Irish crooner.
Fans of Irish pop star, Ronan Keating, know that the singer/composer/actor is arguably one of the most versatile performers of his generation. Keating, whose musical life began as lead singer of Irish group Boyzone, penned one of the most beautiful ballads of all time: When You Say Nothing At All.
He has shone on the West End (receiving rave reviews for his lead performance in Once), judged The X Factor and, more recently, served as judge on The Voice Australia. Recently married to Australian TV Producer/Director, Storm Uechtritz, Keating is riding high. He released his latest album, Time of My Life, just this year.
In the midst of all these achievements, one of the greatest is undoubtedly the Marie Keating Foundation, founded by the Keating family after Ronan’s mother, Marie, died from breast cancer in 1998.
The Foundation aims to “make cancer less frightening” by increasing awareness on key cancers. Keating has always championed this special cause, running the London charity in 2008 to raise money for cancer research.
In 2011, he took it a step further, swimming the 90km stretch from Dublin to Holyhead to raise funds for cancer and set a new Guinness World Record for open water swimming with an 11-member celebrity team.
Keating and his friends raised an amazing £1 million for Cancer Research Britain and the Marie Keating Foundation. We catch up with this talented performing artist and discover more about his upcoming plans…
What enticed you to come to Spain in the middle of your hectic world tour?
It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Spain. Through the Marie Keating Foundation, we are trying to reach as many countries as possible for cancer awareness.
We’ve held fundraising events in South Africa, the UK, Ireland and Australia, so I was more than happy to join forces with the Global Gift Celebrity Golf Challenge, to raise money and help make a difference.
What aims do you wish to further through the Marie Keating Foundation?
We started the Foundation 19 years ago when my mother developed breast cancer. We found that we were very naïve about cancer; we knew very little about it.
Despite the fact that cancer rates are growing worldwide (they say one out of every two people will be affected by the disease), the treatment success rate is very high if you catch it early. That is why awareness is so important…
Words Marisa Cutillas
For tickets to the Global Gift Celebrity Golf Challenge and dinner featuring an acoustic concert by Ronan Keating, Tel: 609 142 864.