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Saturday 09 November 2013

Crystal Palace give double boost to charities

Selhurst Park to host charity match while Kagisho Dikgacoi to set up own foundation

Digkacoi at the launch of his charitable foundation last month

A host of sporting heroes and people from the world of showbusiness will take part in a charity match at Selhurst Park on Sunday 10 November 2013 to raise money for the Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation and Nordoff Robbins, the UK's leading provider of music therapy services.

Former world super-middleweight boxing champion Joe Calzaghe will be putting on his boots, as well as former X Factor winner Shayne Ward and Oliver Phelps and James Phelps, who play the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter films.

While the match is not so serious, Calzaghe says he will be committed during it.

"If there's a tackle to be won I don't hold back," he told the Croydon Advertiser. "But these games are more about enjoyment so no one really has felt it yet."

All proceeds from the game are being split between the CPFC Foundation and Nordoff Robbins, which has been backed separately by the Premier League through its annual Football Extravaganza.

Tickets for the match, which kicks off at 3pm are £10 for adults, £5 concessions and £1 for children. A special VIP ticket package is also on offer for £35, which includes seats in the directors' area, a buffet and a meet and greet with the stars.

Click here to book online or call 0871 200 0071.

Dikgacoi launches own charity

Palace have also been helping out another charity, that of their midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi. The South Africa international, who is also an ambassador for the CPFC Foundation launched his own charitable foundation last month and the club were out in force to give him their support at the launch event next to Tower Bridge.

The Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation aims to provide opportunities for under-19s to help improve their lives through sports. It supports the education of young people in South Africa, helps them develop their self-esteem and fitness and promotes social inclusion. The foundation has also partnered with Foodbank Foundation South Africa, which distributes meals to over 1,000 communities in the country. 

"The foundation means a lot to me," Dikgacoi said. "I have been doing charity work by myself for some time and I am launching this foundation to raise more money for the less privileged and I hope it is a success."

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Key Points

  • Crystal Palace to host charity match at Selhurst Park this Sunday
  • Match will raise funds for CPFC Foundation and Nordoff Robbins
  • Palace also giving support to charitable foundation started by midfielder Kagoshi Dikgacoi