Crystal Palace midfielder and Crystal FC Foundation ambassador Kagisho Dikgacoi launched his own charitable foundation on 26th October at the Guoman Tower hotel, in London.
Almost 100 people, including KG's Palace team mates Mile Jedinak, Danny Gabbidon and Damien Delaney, attended the drinks reception and gala dinner, which was hosted by one of South Africa's most talented and entertaining comedians Loyiso Gola.
The Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation aims to provide opportunities for under-19s to help improve their lives through sports. The foundation will support the education of young people in South Africa, helping them develop their self-esteem, fitness and promote social inclusion.
Among the others who showed their commitment to the Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation by attending the launch were Alec Moemi, director general of sport and recreation for South Africa, and Bongiwe Qwabe, the acting high commissioner for South Africa.
Both expressed their admiration about the work of Kagisho Dikgacoi to help disadvantages young people in South Africa.
"This is a great start for the initiative, it is a big thing for our country and our children and we as the South African government support this," Moemi said.
"Kagisho Dikgacoi and his idea of sport as a catalyst for social change is an inspiration."
Qwabe added: "It makes me very proud to be here. As the government we can't do everything. We need the support of civil society and these are the sorts of initiatives we have been promoting. The highlight for me is the number of South Africans who have come, it shows they are thinking of home and want to help."
Speaking on the night, The CPFC Foundation's Donald Forde said: "We’re extremely privileged to have KG as our ambassador. A couple of hours ago, Kagisho, you were playing your heart out for Palace against Arsenal. To be here, literally a few hours later to launch your own foundation speaks volumes about your commitment to improving the life chances of children and young people in South Africa.”
The launch was celebrated with performances by dance group Zulu Tradition and RnB singer Tshwarelo "Relo" Nhalpo, with the South African national anthem sung by opera singer Njabulo Thabiso.
A charitable auction of signed merchandise from international sports stars, including Thierry Henry and Muhammad Ali, and former South African president Nelson Mandela, also took place to raise money for the Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation.
Dikgacoi himself said: "Many thanks to all those who came, your help has been greatly appreciated, the launch has gone well. The foundation means a lot to me. 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."
For more information on the foundation, visit http://kagishodikgacoi.org.