RONAN & STORM KEATING RAISE MORE THAN £1 MILLION AT THE 10TH EMERALDS & IVY BALL LONDON
On Saturday 5th December, more than 500 guests joined Ronan and Storm Keating for the 10th annual star-studded Emeralds & Ivy Ball, which raised more than £1million for Cancer Research UK and the Marie Keating Foundation.
Since the event began in 2006, more than £7million has now been raised for Cancer Research UK and The Marie Keating Foundation. The funds have been used to support two mobile Cancer Awareness Roadshow Units, staffed by specialist nurses and advisors who talk to the public about potentially life-saving steps to reduce the risk of cancer, the importance of early diagnosis and signpost people to local services.
STORM LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION SKETCHERS 'GO WALK' SHOE IN AID OF MARIE KEATING FOUNDATION
For three consecutive years now, Storm has launch a limited edition Skechers ‘Go Walk’ shoe in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation’s breast cancer awareness campaign. For every pair of the €65 Skechers ‘Go Walk 2’ shoes sold across Ireland, Skechers donate €10 to the Marie Keating Foundation, allowing the foundation to raise much needed funds to support their efforts. In its first year the initiative raised €12K and by the second year the target reached €21K! The latest campaign (launched on the 11th March 2016) has set it's goal at €30K, which will no doubt be invaluable to the foundation and its work.
Speaking at the launch, Storm said, “Countless mothers, sisters, daughters and friends continue to hear the words “You have breast cancer” so it’s great to be involved with a positive partnershipbetween Skechers and the Marie Keating Foundation which is promoting cancer awareness and raising vital funds. We can all play our part in the fight against cancer, and I’m proud to lend a hand by doing simple things like wearing Skechers Go Walk2 shoes.”
STORM STEPS OUT TO GIVE INSPIRING TALK ABOUT THE DEVELOPING WORLD
On 26th February 2015, over 100 female business leaders united at Google’s headquarters in Dublin to launch Plan Irelands 'Womens Innovation Fund' 2015. An initiative where women help women and also where leading business women directly fund their counterparts in the developing world.
With a number of high profile ambassadors behind this inspiring programme, Storm Keating took to the floor speaking in support of the fund:
'Having grown up in a tiny village town in Papua New Guinea myself, I witnessed at first hand the struggles of women and girls in the developing world.
‘Plan Ireland’s Women’s Innovation Fund is changing the way charities do business.
‘The fund is allowing women control their own destinies, shape their own futures and live their own lives.'
The 2015 Fund will target female workers in tea and rubber plantations in Sri Lanka with the aim to build micro-enterprises through IT and E-learning.
Plan Ireland was set up in 2003 as an independent organisation part of Plan International, determined to make a difference, focusing on delivering quality programmes to those they help.
EMERALDS & IVY BALL AUSTRALIA
Ronan and wife Storm Keating sure know how to pull a crowd. Sydney’s celebrity set put on their best black tie and descended on Sydney’s Town Hall last night to support the Keating’s annual charity event, the Emeralds and Ivy Ball Australia.
Ronan founded the Emeralds and Ivy Ball in the UK 10 years ago and the event has since become one of London’s most prestigious nights on the annual charity calendar. He and Storm partnered with Cancer Council Australia to bring the ball to Sydney four years ago and it has established itself as one of Sydney’s premier charity events.
More than $406,000 was raised throughout the night with funds supporting Cancer Council’s Forgotten Cancers Project, a vital research project aimed at improving and understanding the causes of less common cancers.
Among the high profile guests out in force to raise much needed money included Michael and Kyly Clarke, The X-Factor’s Chris Isaak, Dr Chris Brown, former The Bachelor contestant Heather Maltman, former Miss Australia Renae Ayris along with Cancer Council ambassadors Marta Dusseldorp. British crooner and X-Factor judge James Blunt and host Ronan Keating both performed their hits, while aerial artist DJ Goodwill and X-Factor finalists Michaela Baranov, Jimmy Davis, Louise Adams and Matt and Jess also took to the stage.
THE 'MARKS & SPENCER GOLF CLASSIC'
Every year Ronan & Storm Keating host the Marks & Spencer Ireland Celebrity Golf Classic in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation.
Taking place at the luxurious K Club, a host of celebrities from the world of entertainment, sport and media arrived in Kildare for a day of golf at the K Club.
Proudly sponsored by Marks & Spencer, the event raises much needed funds for the Marie Keating Foundation so it can continue to raise cancer awareness and provide free cancer services.
Marketing Manager of Marks & Spencer Ireland, Carmel Breheny, says: “Over the last 13 years we have raised in excess of €1.7 million for the charity which provides vital support to patients, their families and friends at a time when they need it most.
“The Golf Classic is just one of many fundraising initiatives we support each year to help beat cancer and make a difference to the many thousands of people affected by it.”