16 December 2010
A six month charity fundraising programme, in celebration of former Russian leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev’s 80th birthday, aims to raise £5 million for The Gorbachev Foundation and the UK’s leading cancer care charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
The charity fundraising programme, including a cocktail event at Christie’s London Auction House in January 2011, will culminate in a VIP, star studded gala concert taking place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 30 March 2011.
Irina Gorbacheva-Virganskaya, Vice-President of The Gorbachev Foundation comments: 'We are so pleased to have Macmillan Cancer Support involved and look forward to working with them to raise funds to help people affected by cancer both in the UK and in Russia, a cause very close to my family and The Foundation.'
Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support added: 'We are very grateful to The Gorbachev Foundation for choosing Macmillan Cancer Support as the beneficiaries. I am so looking forward to working with Irina to ensure that Mikhail Gorbachev’s 80th birthday celebrations raise vital funds for both Russian cancer care and to help Macmillan support people affected by cancer here in the UK.'
Taking part in the fundraising campaign and concert celebrations will be politicians, world leaders and celebrities including former British Prime Minister, Sir John Major, London Mayor Boris Johnson, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard, former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, Friede Springer, Bono, Jose Carreras, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley, songwriter and producer Magnus Fiennes, and his film director sister Martha Fiennes plus more to be announced.
Irina Gorbacheva-Virganskaya continues 'The Gorbachev Foundation has a long history of working to fight cancer and I am very proud to be able to celebrate my father’s 80th birthday with the world next year whilst raising awareness for the continuation of important work in beating this disease.'
Tickets for the gala concert will be priced to suit every budget, beginning at £35 and rising to £100,000 for 33 exclusive boxes, with dinner and specially commissioned Gorby 80 memorabilia.
Notes to Editors
More information about the Gala event and fundraising campaign is available at
www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0808 808 0000 for an information pack.
About the Gala Concert
The event will take place on the 30 March 2011 at The Royal Albert Hall
Stars from East and West will unite to perform duets, both classical and pop
The event will be attended by VIP guests, heads of state and celebrities. There will also be tickets available for the public
Tickets are on sale from the Royal Albert Hall Box Office and online at
www.royalalberthall.com and www.gorby80.com
About Mikhail Gorbachev
Mr Gorbachev, former Soviet leader, ended the Cold War and decades of nuclear stand-off with his policies of Perestroika and Glasnost in the former USSR and Eastern Europe in the 1980s and early 1990s. Halting decades of Soviet oppression, Mr Gorbachev ensured the voice of the people of Eastern Europe was heard and laid the foundations for Russia’s transition to democracy. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 in recognition of his international leadership.
About The Gorbachev Foundation
The International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (The Gorbachev Foundation) was established by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1992 to promote democratic values around the world and to raise money for humanitarian causes. It has raised more than US $10 million for good causes. Since 1999 the main beneficiary of its fund-raising efforts has been two centres dedicated to fighting cancer in Russia. For more information visit http://www.gorby.ru/en/
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help. For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit
www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0808 808 0000.
For more information, images and interviews, please contact
Gorbachev Amy Benbow-Hebbert: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 020 7861 2488 / 07795 286655
Macmillan Susie Richardson
SRichardson@macmillan.org.uk Tel: 020 7840 7809 / 07740 927 173