Mayo Manchester star helps Soccer Aid raise £5.5 Million for Unicef

Mayo Manchester star helps Soccer Aid raise £5.5 Million for Unicef

The Voice of Old Trafford Alan Keegan who is the stadium/pitch announcer at Old Trafford home of Manchester United Football Club and Mayo Manchester Tradfest presenter, was once again involved in this year’s 2018 Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford which has so far raised a staggering £5.5 million for Unicef. To donate to the charity click on https://mydonatetelethonsappeals.bt.com/donate/sa18/

This is Alan’s 4th year compering the event in front of 70,000 fans at the Theatre of Dreams as well as the millions of viewers who tune into the match when it is screened live by ITV.

Alan is pictured here with Manchester United legend Eric Cantona and the fastest athlete in the world Usaid Bolt who both took part in the charity match. When asked about his involvement in the charity event Alan commented “I was delighted to be involved again in the charity event again this year, it is always a very special atmosphere at the event and the amount of money that they raise is amazing, it is such a worthwhile cause. It was great to meet Eric Cantona again, he got a massive cheer when he came on again in the Theatre of Dreams.”

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester added “I nearly fell off my chair when I saw Alan live on ITV he did a great job, I texted him straight away to check that he had invited Usain Bolt and Eric Cantona over to our week long Tradfest in Mayo in August. I just hope Usain is not going to challenge me to a race around Attymass.”

Alan will be heading over to Mayo once again this summer to host the week long Mayo Manchester Tradfest which is now one of Ireland's biggest Trad Festivals with over 100 events taking place at six different hubs right across the County featuring over 500 performers from Thursday 2 August to Wednesday 8th August.

The Charity event brought together a number of different stars from the entertainment industry and ex footballers and Athletes to help raise money for Unicef .

Team England was captained by singer Robbie Williams, competed against Rest of the World XI, lead by Olympic legend Usain Bolt and Manchester United legend Eric Cantona.

Other stars included Sir Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsey, Olly Murs, Andrew Flintoff, Brendan Cole, Damian Lewis and Paddy McGuinness, Westllife’s Nicky Byrne and actor Ioan Gruffudd.
The teams drew 3-3 after a tense 90 minutes, but England finally beat World XI after a round of penalties.

This year saw the highest ever attendance at the game, with 71,965 people turning up. The government announced on April 6, that it would match every donation made up until July 6 up to the value of £5million.

Soccer Aid has raised a whopping £24million with Unicef over the last 12 years. The money goes straight to Unicef, who help protect kids in the UK and around the world.

More specifically, the money goes towards presenting diseases in children, saving the lives of newborn babies and helping to end child hunger.
Unicef boasts itself on being the world’s largest supplier of vaccines, and has helped provide over two billion doses.
Soccer Aid was launched by Robbie Williams and TV presenter Jonathan Wilkes in 2006.