Prince Harry takes to the polo field at the 2017 Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup cheered on by crowds in Singapore
Under a blistering Singaporean sun and in front of a crowd of over 300 guests, Prince Harry took to the field for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup to raise funds for his charity, Sentebale. The event took place yesterday, at the Singapore Polo Club and brought together distinguished guests who showed their support for the charity’s work helping youth affected by the AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa.
Prior to the game commencing, guests gathered for national anthems and a minute’s silence in remembrance of those affected by the London attacks on Saturday evening.
Later an exciting match ensued; cheered on by the crowds, Sentebale ISPS Handa team clinched victory over St Regis team for the second year running by a lead of three points. The winning ball was struck by Prince Harry in the final chukka of the closely fought game, giving Sentebale ISPS Handa team the resulting advantage. The match also featured valiant performances from Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick and Sentebale and St. Regis Ambassador Nacho Figueras.
Sentebale’s flagship fundraising event has been running for eight years taking place in different locations around the world. 2017 sees the first time the prestigious event has hit the shores of South East Asia, and Singapore Polo Club has had extended history of Royal Patronage, with Edward VIII, The Duke of Edinburgh and the present Prince of Wales all playing there. This year is the seventh consecutive year of the partnership between Sentebale and British luxury whisky Royal Salute. To date the event has raised over £4.5million for Sentebale’s work providing care, education and critical psychosocial support to children and adolescents coming to terms with living with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana, two countries with the world’s second and third highest infection rates and where the burden of the HIV epidemic remains.
At last year’s Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, hosted in Palm Beach, Florida, Prince Harry announced the charity’s plans to expand its programme of psychosocial support to young people living with HIV into Botswana. Since then, Sentebale has supported over 2,800 children and adolescents living with HIV across Lesotho and Botswana through monthly Saturday clubs and camps.
This year, speaking at the post-tournament dinner at the St Regis Singapore, Prince Harry spoke about Sentebale’s newly developed Let Youth Lead programme aimed at encouraging all youth in sub-Saharan Africa to know and manage their HIV status by 2020, which Prince Seeiso launched at the charity’s first youth summit in Lesotho in April this year.
Prince Harry said:
“Through youth-led campaigning, training and advocacy, the initiative allows young people affected by HIV/AIDS to be heard. We hope this will create a platform where the needs of young people in the region are listened to – from the need for adolescent-friendly health services, more trained counselors in rural areas and better sexual reproductive health education in schools. Young people know what works for them and their friends, so we must listen and take note.”
Peter Moore, Global Brand Director of Royal Salute, added
"It is incredibly inspiring to see what a huge impact the charity Sentebale has made on vulnerable young people in Southern Africa affected by HIV and AIDS. After seven years as title partners for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, we are proud to say our donations of more than £1.5 million have helped to support the important work that Sentebale delivers to young people in Southern Africa.”
Cathy Ferrier, CEO of Sentebale said
“We are so grateful to all our generous sponsors who continue to help youth affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa. Adolescent deaths and new infections continue to rise amongst this age group in the region, so it is vital that we can continue to deliver much-needed care, education and critical psychosocial support, encouraging them to know and safely manage their HIV status.
“We have ambitious plans to be operating in five countries in the African region by 2020 and the funds raised through our annual flagship event remain key to us achieving these goals. Thank you to our long-standing partner Royal Salute, to the Singapore Polo Club for hosting us today, and to all of our dedicated sponsors, ISPS Handa, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, BMW and British Airways who have each contributed to making the day a great success.”
Malcolm Borwick, Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador and Captain of the Sentebale ISPS Handa team commented:
“It has been a great honour to play at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup this year alongside Prince Harry and other distinguished players. I have been around the globe with the Royal Salute World Polo series and this tournament remains the most inspirational event I've taken part in due to the overwhelming generosity of the crowd and sponsors. Over time, it has been a privilege to see Sentebale grow in part due to the charitable efforts of both Royal Salute and the sport.”
To raise further funds for the charity, bids opened for a one-of-a-kind Royal Salute auction lot. The Master Blender’s flagon of new limited edition Royal Salute 21 Year Old Polo Edition whisky has been donated to the auction by Royal Salute’s Director of Blending Sandy Hyslop, and is being housed in a bespoke hand-illustrated wrap. Created by British artist Natalie Reid, the exquisite artwork wrap depicts some of the milestones achieved by Sentebale during the seven-year partnership with Royal Salute. The auction continues online with a reserve price of £7,000 until Wednesday 14th June to allow those not in attendance the chance to support the charity and own a whisky unlike any other in the world.
To place your bid for the exclusive auction lot, visit www.royalsaluteauction.com
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POLO MATCH REPORT
PRINCE HARRY & TEAM WIN SENTEBALE ROYAL SALUTE POLO CUP 2017
SENTEBALE 5 – 2 ST. REGIS
Prince Harry’s visit to Singapore culminated in triumph at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup which took place at Singapore Polo Club, Singapore on Monday 5th June.
Over 300 international and Singaporean VIPs including Karen Gillan, who presented the Sentebale Captain, Malcolm Borwick with the trophy, gathered to watch the Sentebale team play the St. Regis team, captained by Nacho Figueras, with a final score of five to two.
The four chukka game demonstrated the immense strength and skill of the ‘sport of kings’ with best playing pony awarded to Caldera, played by Nacho Figueras.
With a dazzling display that graced the grand occasion, the Sentebale ISPS Handa team won the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup by defeating the St. Regis team in a game that demonstrated polo at its best.
The game inspired memorable performances from Satinder Garcha, who opened the score for Sentebale and saw Prince Harry scoring two points during the third and fourth chukkas. St. Regis team players, Patrick Furlong and Giles Twiss, showed great skills by scoring the two goals for the team lead by Nacho Figueras.
During the first chukka Santinder Garcha, president of the Singapore Polo Club who joined the Sentebale ISPS Handa team scored a 40 yard line penalty with a well-aimed shot putting Sentebale’s team up 1-0. The first play of the second chukka saw Satinder Garche double the lead in near identical fashion.
Malcolm Borwick, Captain of the Sentebale ISPS Handa team and Royal Salute Ambassador, extended Sentebale’s team lead in the third chukka, which was quickly followed by a goal from Patrick Furlong putting the St. Regis team on the board.
Prince Harry’s afternoon then got better with an immediate goal following St. Regis successful play. In the last chukka, which stated a score of 4-1 in favour of Sentebale, Giles Twiss from the Singapore Polo Club, cut the deficit to just two. However, there was a quick response from the Sentebale team who saw Prince Harry score his second goal of the day.
The Sentebale Royal Salute cup 2017, ended on a final score of 5-2 with the Sentebale’s team lead by Malcolm Borwick raising the trophy. The game was played in good spirit with a good end to end action keeping all guests entertained.
Peter Moore, Director of Royal Salute said: “We’re honoured to support Sentebale for the seventh consecutive year. It was great to witness such a well-played game, with the Prince’s team taking the Cup."
Notes to Editors:
Sentebale is a charity co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006. The charity aims to rewrite the future for the impoverished population of Lesotho, a small, landlocked country in southern Africa, providing the thousands of children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS with vital access to care, education and critically psychosocial support.
In 2015, Sentebale announced plans to expand into several southern Africa countries by 2020, delivering psychosocial support to 10 to 19 year olds who were struggling to come to terms with living with HIV. In December 2016, Sentebale launched the first weeks of camp in Botswana, providing psychosocial support to 150 young people. Additionally, during the financial year ending on 31st August 2016, the charity in partnership with the Ministry of Health delivered adolescent-friendly HIV testing and counselling services to over 16,500 people. That year, Sentebale more than doubled the number of children and adolescents attending residential camp at the newly opened ’Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho to over 1,000 children and increased the number of children attending Saturday clubs by 18%.
Despite Sentebale’s progress to date, there remain many more adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa unaware of their HIV status and afraid to get tested. In line with UNAIDS Fast-track targets, Sentebale’s new Let Youth Lead advocacy programme aims to encourage all youth in sub-Saharan Africa to know and manage their HIV status by 2020. Through youth-led campaigning and advocacy, the ambition is to allow the voices of youth affected by HIV and AIDS to be heard and to change adult attitudes to these young people. The programme will also address the lack of youth-friendly health services and sexual reproductive health taught in schools, and will aim to strengthen leaders’ commitment to help young people affected by HIV/AIDS.
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