Leighton Kings, Sao Polo highlight benefits of worthy partnerships
A pictorial exhibition marking the centenary of Kaduna city, the special Children’s Day celebration and the royal participation of Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido (111) highlighted the prestigious 2016 Access Bank UNICEF Charity Polo Tournament that came to a exhilarating climax last weekend at the Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club grounds of the serene Kangimi Resort in Kaduna.
The 2017 charity polo extravaganza took off in grand style with the Access Bank Cup that pitted 12 teams in fierce battles that had the
Argentine Ambassador to Nigeria, Gustavo leading the diplomatic community to event. It saw three Lagos-based teams carting home three of the major prizes at stake.
Keffi Pony that lost the Charity Cup title to Leighton Kings in the final wrote their names in gold, defeating Abuja Rubicon 7-4 to clinch the glittering Argentine Ambassador’s Cup.
Leighton Kings, Saopolo, STL-Titan, Tavia-Goodfellows won the Charity Shield, Access Bank Cup, UNICEF Cup and WAPIC Cup respectively. Emir of Kano, Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sanni Bello, Access Bank CEO, Hubert Wigwe, Argentine Ambassador, and UNICEF Deputy Country Representative, Perlini Ironside, gave out the prizes at a colourful closing ceremony.
The tournament is the first phase of the series that will climax in Europe with the Access Bank Charity Shield Polo Day at the prestigious Guards Polo Club in London in July.
Since its inauguration, Access Bank and Fifth Chukker Polo &Country Resort in Kaduna have raised over N100 million for UNICEF in support of its projects in aid of the education and wellbeing of vulnerable Children in Kaduna.
Over the years, the sterling charity partnership has also impacted the rural community of Maraban- Jos and its environs in Kaduna with provisions of basic social amenities like water supply, electricity and employment of thousands of locals, thus making it Nigeria’s biggest charity platform.
The bank, as one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that have maintained a defined corporate social responsibility strategy since its inception, has maintained its sole sponsorship of the charity initiative for a decade now, donating additional N10 million at every edition of the event to UNICEF for the project.