John Robbie has been honoured by the Reach For A Dream Foundation with a star named after him for his team's efforts at getting a terminally ill boy's wish to make contact with his hero, football sensation Christiano Ronaldo a reality.
You might remember a February request from the Reach for A Dream Foundation to help 13-year-old cancer patient Keagan Herbst to meet Real Madrid's Ronaldo. Many listeners contacted John offering suggestions on how to get in touch with the Real Madrid star. Sadly, many of the suggestions weren't viable because Keagan was too ill to travel to Madrid. Following a number of weeks of hard work, John heard from Julia Sotirianakos, Chief Executive Officer at Reach for a Dream that young Keagan had been delivered a very special package containing his own signed Real Madrid shirt, a letter from the club and a video from the star himself.
Soon after the incredible gesture, Keagan sadly passed on, but his parents expressed gratitude for the fact that his hero recognised him before that.
Speaking at the star awarding, John Robbie said:
This shows the importance of a gesture - no matter how big or small, it matters.
Chairperson of Reach For A Dream, Mervyn Serebro and CEO of Reach For A Dream, Julia Sotirianakos awarding John Robbie with a plaque that has Keagan's letter detailing his dream to meet Christian Ronaldo, a letter of response from Real Madrid and a thank you letter from Keagan's family
The John Robbie Show team - those that made it happen. L to R: Andiswa Makanda (Producer), John Robbie (Host), Thabisile Mbete (Executive Producer) and Amel Yimer (Producer)