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To celebrate each of Rudolph’s 70th and 80th birthdays we hosted a wonderful Gala celebration at the Hackney Empire in East London. These were showcases of top comedy, music, and drama hosted by Eddie Nestor & Robbie Gee, and attended by surprise guests from Rudolph’s past. The Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner was in attendance at both, and we managed to raise almost £10,000 for the activities of the Foundation at each event.
Individuals can also offer to raise money for the Foundation. One of our trustees, Sarah Moore, for example, challenged herself to climb Kilimanjaro raising much needed money for the Foundation in the process.
Rudolph Walker’s 80th Birthday Celebration
On Sunday 28 October 2019, we invited the public to join an icon of stage and screen as he celebrated his 80th birthday. The show was produced by GeeStor Productions – and hosted by Eddie Nestor & Robbie Gee with Richard Blackwood, Glenda Jaxson, Slim, Curtis Walker, Axel Blake, Kat B, Tobago Crusoe, London Community Gospel Choir, Jermain Jackman, Lurine Cato, DJ Lewis Mastermind Benn, De Alberto, Victor Romero Evans and Paulette Tajah, Lorna G, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and many more plus celebrity guests from Rudolph’s life on stage, screen and cricket.
The night looked back over his life as the audience were entertained by singers, dancers, actors and comedians along with special celebrity guests who had worked with Rudolph during his career which spans 60 years. A tribute was also paid to Rudolph on the night by His Excellency Orville London, High Commission to Trinidad & Tobago.
Over £10,000 was raised on the night to support the Foundation.
Preview article in The Voice newpaper:
Rudolph Walker at 80 – Voice Online (voice-online.co.uk)
Review of the night from Tiemo:
Walking Good at 80 – Rudolph Walker’s 80th Birthday Celebration | tiemotalkofthetown (wordpress.com)
Rudolph Walker’s 70th birthday celebration
On Sunday 28 September 2009 we invited members of the public to attend Rudolph Walker’s 70th birthday celebration at the Hackney Empire with friends, family and stars from television, film and stage.
Rudolph Walker’s Black Tie Bash was hosted by Eddie Nestor & Robbie Gee & featured live performances from YolanDa Brown, Victor Romero Evans, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Slim, Ebony Steel Band, London Community Gospel Choir, Angie Le Mar, Kat B, Tameka Empson, Linton Kwesi Johnson and so many more with surprise appearances from his many friends from his star studded screen career from Love Thy Neighbour to EastEnders.
The show was designed by stage & carnival designer Clary Salandy and paid tribute to Rudolph’s Trinidadian roots & it’s tradition of carnival.
The show raised #7000 which was the money used to launch the Rudolph Walker Foundation.
As the stars of the BBC’s, award winning sketch show, The Real McCoy, Robbie Gee and Eddie Nestor MBE are used to a variety of roles and in 2015 they decided to take on the toughest of their lives to raise money for charity. On July 3rd 2015 with Eddie’s wife Lisa, their manager Sarah Eckert Moore (who is also a trustee of the Rudolph Walker Foundation) and fitness instructor Dave McQueen, they began their ascent of Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro, via the Machame route a journey that would take 6 days. Sadly Robbie was unable to make the weight limit having spent most of his time training in McDonalds so Eddie, Lisa, Sarah & Dave were left to complete the challenge. They raised a total of £40,000 which was split equally split between 4 charities (the others being Urban Synergy, MacMillan Cancer, ACLT).
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