Top tenor, Martin Toal, has performed at all the major UK sporting venues in front of millions of viewers, but Islanders have the opportunity to hear him sing at an exclusive charity event in Jersey.
Martin is travelling to the island to perform at the Goal50 Gala Dinner on September 6th, to raise money for a soccer academy and orphanage for underprivileged children in Cape Town, South Africa. He is looking forward to the visit, ‘This is my first time in Jersey and I’m looking forward to performing for such a worthwhile cause. As someone who is passionate about singing and music, as well as being a former teacher, I know only too well how providing youngsters with a goal in life, something to interest them, is vitally important in tempting them away from negative influences.’
Known as ‘Sport’s Winning Tenor’, Martin has sung the National Anthem at five England football internationals, with England winning all five games without conceding a single goal. He has also performed in front of the Queen, as well as having made numerous TV and radio appearances and sung duets with other leading singers, including Lesley Garrett.
Goal50 was set up by Channel Islander, Nigel Pascoe after he saw the poverty and lack of hope many children find themselves facing in some Cape Town communities, ‘I was visiting the GCU soccer academy which had been set up by Mario Van Niekerk, a former street gang leader and instantly felt that I needed to do something to help. The school had around 500 pupils and for most their family units had broken down. The children were running riot and joining gangs, often out of desperation to get some protection. Soccer is what gives these kids a focus away from gangsters and drugs. I wanted to help Mario fulfill the dream of an orphanage and Day Care Centre, and we soon started providing a feeding programme to ensure the kids had received a decent meal.’
Last year Goal50 provided 35,000 meals and is in the process of buying land to build a day-care centre. It has recently purchased its first property that will be used as an orphanage. The charity is also helping with a job creation scheme as unemployment is 80% in the area with no benefits system. The scheme is helping to give people some simple skills which will help individuals and the community.
Since setting up the charity in 2010, Nigel has raised £175,000 in the Channel Islands. The Gala Dinner is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year and will provide vital funds to keep the Soccer school and the other community projects running.
The dinner will also feature storyteller and comedian, Mark Greenwood, and there will be plenty of opportunity to win prizes, including a £2,000 diamond. One of the highlights of the evening will be the charity auction which will include a host of autographed football and sporting memorabilia, as well as other prizes.
A few tables of 10 or 12 people are still available for the ‘Seeing is Believing’ Gala Dinner & Auction, Saturday 6th September, 6.45pm at the Royal Yacht Hotel. £75pp. To reserve a table call: 07781 199374.
The event is being sponsored by The Entertainer Toy Shop, Skipton International, Diamondology and The Royal Yacht hotel.
For further information about Goal50 visit: www.goal50.com