ICAP Charity Day supports adolescents with HIV
Sentebale was one of 200 charities selected from around the world to benefit from the ICAP Charity Day on 7th December 2016. ICAP Charity Day, now in its 24th year, has collectively raised nearly £135million to date and has supported more than 2,000 projects worldwide. For one day a year, ICAP and its brokers donate all revenues and commissions to a select group of charities around the world. To mark the occasion, we joined forces with mothers2mothers (m2m) to amplify the voices of adolescents and young people in sub-Saharan Africa affected by HIV.
“We cannot beat HIV without giving young people in every country the voice they deserve. Without education and without empowerment, HIV will win.” Prince Harry, Durban AIDS Conference, July 2016
In a challenge called #BiketoBeatHIV, brokers, ambassadors and celebrities were invited to challenge each other on two Wattbikes – the Sentebale bike versus the mothers2mothers bike – over 750 meters to see who could get there the fastest!
Prince Harry, who closed some deals of his own during the day to support Sentebale, also got involved in the count down to start the race between BBC’s Call the Midwife actress and Sentebale Ambassador, Laura Main, for team Sentebale, against m2m Founder, Dr Mitch Besser for team m2m. Despite Prince Harry’s efforts to slow Dr Mitch down, he crossed the line first making it a win for m2m.
Other competitors during the day included Downton Abbey actresses Laura Carmichael and Raquel Cassidy, Game of Thrones actress Laura Pradelska, Olympic rower Tim Foster MBE, journalist Jon Snow, historian Dan Snow and TV presenter Dr Chris van Tulleken. Almost one hundred people took up the cycle challenge over the course of the day, with the fastest challenge achieved by ICAP employee, Sebastian, who covered 750m in only 46.53 seconds!
ICAP’s support of Sentebale and m2m couldn’t have been more timely. Both organisations educate and support young people to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make the right choices to keep themselves healthy and protect the next generation from HIV. As Michael Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS states, “We need a prevention revolution, with young people at the centre.”
ICAP’s donation to Sentebale will support the charity’s monthly network clubs in Botswana giving children and adolescents living with HIV the knowledge and tools they need to live physically and emotionally healthy lives.
You can see more photos from the day in our gallery.