· After six years, annual polo match raises over £3million for His Royal Highness’ charity
On Saturday, Prince Harry took the field for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in Cape Town as part of His Royal Highness’ South African tour. The Royal Salute team took home the trophy – presented by Royal Salute guest of honour, Torquhil Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll, in what was a closely fought match, with a victory of 8 over the Sentebale team score of 7.
In the sixth year of partnership between Sentebale and British luxury whisky Royal Salute, the Polo Cup follows the charity’s official opening of the ‘Mamohatu Children’s Centre – the flagship centre in Lesotho that will provide emotional and psychological support to communities currently affected by HIV and AIDS.
Distinguished international guests at the renowned Val de Vie Polo Club included Laura Main, George the Poet and some of South Africa’s most influential figures, including Ryk Neethling, Jeannie D, Graeme Smith and Tokyo Sexwale who eagerly watched Prince Harry battle it out on the field, alongside Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick and Sentebale Polo Ambassador Nacho Figueras.
Sophie Gallois, Global Marketing Director, Chivas Brothers – brand owner of Royal Salute commented “As title partners for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, we are proud to say that our donations amounting to over £1million have gone to inspiring Sentebale programmes, all of which support communities in Lesotho affected by HIV and AIDS. Congratulations to Royal Salute’s team and thank you for making this match the highlight of the Royal Salute World Polo calendar this year.”
Malcolm Borwick, Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador commented: “It has been a great honour to play at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup this year alongside Prince Harry. I have been around the globe with Royal Salute World Polo Programme and this tournament remains the most inspirational event I take part in. Over time, it has been a privilege to see Sentebale grow in part due to both Royal Salute’s and the sport’s charitable efforts.”
Royal Salute is a proud supporter of the oldest team sport in the world and this year became title partner of one of the most prestigious polo events in Britain, the Royal Salute Coronation Cup. Supporting over 18 international polo events across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, Royal Salute’s next polo tournament is in Jodhpur, India, where guests can look forward to an unparalleled artistic and cultural experience.
Sentebale is a charity co-founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso – a country bordered by South Africa. Prince Harry visited Lesotho in 2004 and was struck by the devastating effect the HIV/AIDS epidemic was having on the nation and particularly its children. Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso founded Sentebale, meaning ‘forget me not’ in Sesotho in 2006 – a charity aiming to rewrite the future for the impoverished population of Lesotho, providing the thousands of children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS with vital access to accommodation, care, education and critical psychosocial support. If children with HIV are educated about the virus, they not only learn about their condition but can educate their peers about the disease, enlightening a generation about this potential killer.