In November 2022, the remarkable 8-year-old Ravi Adelekan launched his inspiring campaign, Ravi’s Dream, with the release of a cover version of ‘A Million Dreams’ accompanied by a star-studded music video. The video featured renowned musicians, athletes, and celebrities, including Hugh Jackman, Paloma Faith, Bastille, Metronomy, Coldplay, Mary Berry, De La Soul, footballer Leandro Trossard, and Björn Ulvaeus from ABBA, among many others. Ravi’s goal is to raise £250,000, which will be shared between The Brain Tumour Charity and brainstrust, two organizations dedicated to brain tumour research.
On June 11th, Worthing FC, a Vanarama Conference side, will host a football event at their 3000-capacity stadium in support of Ravi’s Dream. The day will feature a 7-a-side tournament for children followed by a mixed-gender adult match. Ravi’s “Dream Team” will include notable individuals such as Romy Madley Croft from The xx, Jimi Famurewa from Masterchef, Joe Mount from Metronomy, Seye Adelekan from Gorillaz, comedian Michael Odewale, Jamie Kenna from Coronation Street, Denai Moore, and comedian Ola Labib. They will face off against the Preston Park Panthers community team in a light-hearted kickaround. Ravi himself will participate and manage the team, with his Sunday League coach Toby Gosling serving as his assistant. It’s Ravi’s version of Soccer Aid, showcasing his love for football.
Despite battling a brain tumour himself, Ravi has been overwhelmed by the response to his campaign. To date, the campaign has raised over £78,000 and has garnered significant media attention. Ravi has shared his story and charmed audiences on popular shows such as ITV’s This Morning, BBC Breakfast News, and ITV Meridian News. He has also made appearances on The Adam Buxton Podcast, Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music show, and even graced the cover of The Week Junior magazine.
With unwavering determination, Ravi is committed to reaching his £250,000 fundraising target, and the upcoming event on June 11th will bring him closer to achieving that goal.