MSC Cruises has revealed that it is to host a charity event onboard the MSC Opera in South Africa for an event to help raise money for the Ukuthemba Foundation.
The night, which will take place on 20 November 2012, will be in Cape Town in aid of abandoned and abused children.
Guests will be fed onboard and then invited to take part in an auction which will include items like a weekend in a luxury 10th century chateau in France, collector’s wine, jewellery, flights and tickets to see AC Milan and MSC cruises.
All proceeds will be given to the Ukuthemba Foundation, a charity focused on providing a safe environment for orphans and neglected children.
“MSC Cruises is the market leading cruise company in South Africa and we recognise that with leadership comes responsibility to the country and its people,” said MSC Cruises CEO Pierfrancesco Vago. “As a family company based on family values, our social priorities are children, families and education, which is why we are delighted to support Ukuthemba Foundation in keeping vulnerable children safe and offering them a stable home life.”
“Ukuthemba is a Xhosa word which means to believe, trust and hope. It is one of those words that is not easy to define because it represents the essence of all that we cherish in humanity, in the absence of which we find heartbreak and despair,” said Kim Killeen, Chairman of Ukuthemba Foundation. “Fortunately, through the work of our organisation and with the assistance of donations and fundraisers, those born into despair can be raised to believe that there is hope.”