International pop superstar Ronan Keating, famous for such
hit songs as “If tomorrow never comes” and “When you say nothing at all,”
yesterday officially launched the CNVLD-ANZ Royal Wheelies Grand Prix 2007.
At a press conference held at the CNVLD Wheelchair Racing headquarters here
in Phnom Penh, Keating met with representatives from the race organizers as
well as some of the country’s top wheelchair racing athletes and presented a
cheque from ANZ Royal representing the bank’s support as main sponsor of
this year’s race season.
Chav Kakda, ANZ Royal Head of Community Relations, said, “ANZ Royal’s
support for CNVLD Wheelchair Racing is the company’s way of showing its
commitment to uplifting the local community through sports. ANZ Royal firmly
believes in the ability of sports to instil in individuals the drive to be
their best and the value of teamwork.” She further added, “For this reason,
the public is certain to see ANZ Royal becoming even more actively involved
in sports in Cambodia.”
Ronan Keating and the Wheelchair AthletesRecognizing Ronan Keating’s
numerous off-stage works for charity, ANZ Royal saw it fit to ask the
Irish-born singer to represent the bank as it formally hands over its
donation to CNVLD. Keating most recently ran the London Marathon in support
of Cancer Research UK raising 5000 pounds in memory of his mother.
The 30-year old singer hit the headlines for being the biggest western
celebrity to ever schedule a major performance in Cambodia. This event is
part of Keating’s ongoing three-leg tour of Asia. Playing before an
enthusiastic crowd of thousands at his concert held at the Olympic Stadium
in Phnom Penh, Keating’s show clearly reflected Cambodia’s capability to
host international standard events.