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.
Along with event title sponsor Royal Salute, other generous sponsors include ISPS Handa, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, BMW Asia and British Airways.
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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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About Royal Salute
Royal Salute is a careful blend of malt and grain whiskies – with its youngest blend matured for a minimum of 21 years. Created to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the 21 gun salute that honoured her, the brand is steeped in tradition and proud of its royal lineage, but is firmly engaged in the modern world by constantly pushing the art of blending into new, creative and ambitious forms. Royal Salute is deeply involved in polo – the world’s oldest surviving team sport and a game that’s expanding in the modern era. Polo is a noble game of honour, skill, integrity and respect – all values inherent in Royal Salute. The brand’s involvement in polo dates back around 10 years and today features a global programme of events spanning four continents including the annual Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, one of 15 international tournaments the brand sponsors around the world, from the UK and the USA through Argentina and China to Korea.
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Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch.
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BMW Asia (www.bmw-asia.com) oversees 13 markets across East Asia. It plays the role of a business incubator for the importer markets and introduces product and technology that best caters to customers’ needs in this part of the world.
About ISPS Handa
The International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) supports projects and activities that contribute to social welfare and international co-operation through the promotion of sports. Its founder, Dr Haruhisa Handa, believes in the power of sport to create hope, break down educational and cultural barriers and to inspire people. ISHS Handa has supported the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup for the last 3 years.
About Singapore Polo Club
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