The 2017 Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup will take place at the Singapore Polo Club on 5th June, the very first time the prestigious event hits the shores of South East Asia and Royal Salute is proud to announce its continued support of Sentebale’s flagship event for the seventh consecutive year.
The annual fundraising event will raise money for Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale, which supports vulnerable children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana in southern Africa. The World Health Organisation reports that HIV is the number one cause of death of adolescents in Africa; Lesotho and Botswana have the second and third highest infection rates of HIV in the world, respectively. Sentebale aims to encourage youth to know and manage their HIV status and access the relevant follow up care and treatment.
In 2015, Sentebale announced plans to scale up its operations in Lesotho and expand into several southern Africa countries by 2020, delivering psychosocial support to 10-to-19-year-olds that are struggling to come to terms with living with HIV. In December 2016, Sentebale launched the first few weeks of camp in Botswana to 150 children and subsequently has reached over 2,800 children and adolescents through monthly Saturday clubs in Lesotho and Botswana.
Royal Salute, which was created in 1953 in tribute to the British crown and has since had a longstanding association with royalty and royal values, is proud to again partner with Sentebale for the Polo Cup, which will once again see Prince Harry play on the Sentebale ISPS Handa team against the St. Regis team captained by Sentebale Ambassador Nacho Figueras.
Cathy Ferrier, CEO, Sentebale commented, “Sentebale’s annual polo fundraising event is continuing to be one of the most important events in the charity’s calendar. Since Sentebale was founded in 2006, the charity has reached thousands of children and young people in Lesotho, and latterly in Botswana, who have been struggling to come to terms with living with HIV by addressing their mental health and wellbeing.
“It is our ambition see a reduction in the number of new HIV-infections and AIDS-related deaths amongst adolescents in southern Africa, by putting youth first and equipping them with skills and relevant wrap around support that they need to lead healthy, productive lives. We are so proud of all the great work that has been made possible by The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup and look forward to generating more funds for our charity and continuing to make a difference to many young lives across southern Africa.”
The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup will take place at the Singapore Polo Club by invitation only.