All is now set for the 2022 edition of the Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield polo tourney, which gallops off next week at the Fifth Chukker Lawns of Kangimi Resort in Kaduna with defending champions, Fifth Chukker and other motivated teams from across the country ready to vie for big prizes.
Revered as one of the biggest charity polo platforms in the world, the UNICEF event will be decided in two stages, with teams battling for the Usman Dantata Cup and the events’ second most wanted prize, the Access Bank Cup in the first stage.
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Polo Royals exclusively reports that the second and the grand finale stage promises to be one of the most exciting in years, pitching title holders, Fifth Chukker, Jos Malcomines and four determined regulars in a winner-takes-all chase for the UNICEF Cup and tournament top prize, the Charity Shield.
Executive Director, Personal Banking, Access Bank Plc. Victor Etuokwu, who confirmed the tournament date stated that the title sponsors, and its partners, have taken their commitment to UNICEF Charity polo fundraising platform to a new level, with the commissioning of fully equipped sixty classroom blocks in Kaduna State.
He stated that the project that would berth a new education system in Kaduna was a contribution by the bank alongside the partners, Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club, and well-meaning individuals to the sustenance of the charity platform that has for years benefited communities and powering rural women in Kaduna.
“The partners are delighted that the Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield is archiving its main objective of reaching out to the less privileged children in the society, and we are not relenting on this laudable intervention. There are millions of vulnerable Nigerian children out of school and many of them are from the north.”
Last year, the Fifth Chukker team defeated Jos Malcomines 18- 12 in the final game to win the event’s biggest prize, the Charity Shield. Other winners were Lagos Aplus and Intershelter teams.
Polo Royals also report that income generated from gate takings and donations is channelled to UNICEF in support of meeting the needs of orphans and vulnerable children, including providing healthcare and education supplies.