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UNICEF Charity Shield Polo: EL-Rufai lauds Access Bank partnership

As the prestigious 2019 UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament thrilled to its grand final Saturday, the Kaduna State Government has lauded Access Bank Plc and…

As the prestigious 2019 UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament thrilled to its grand final Saturday, the Kaduna State Government has lauded Access Bank Plc and its partner, Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Polo Club for its leading campaign to alleviate the plights of vulnerable and orphaned children in the state.

Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Aisha Ummi EL-Rufai who was the Special Guest of Honour at the children day event in the ongoing Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament in Kaduna.

The First Lady  who celebrated the Democracy Day with school pupils from  selected school around Kaduna , thumb up the partners for using the Charity Shield polo platform to enhance the educational and health well being of children  in a most special way.

“There is an important need for both private and public sectors to do a lot more in support of the Nigerian child, particularly the orphans and vulnerable children to enable them look forward to a better tomorrow,” the Kaduna State First Lady added.

The Children Day event which remains one of the biggest highlights yet at the ongoing international polo fiesta, has received high profile accolades as an occasion that enables children to cherish their buoyant freedom and rekindle their childhood and the potentials within them.

Hundreds of school pupils and their teachers spent the whole day at the foremost Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club in Kaduna, engaging in various sporting activities and dance with the Mother of the Day, who called on other good spirited organizations and individuals to emulate the Access bank partnership example.

Revered as one of the biggest charity polo tournaments in the world, the charity shield which has been under the exclusive sponsorship of access bank for more than a decade now offers four  major prizes, the Usman Dantata, the UNICEF  cup, Access Bank cup and the high goal Charity Shield.

Fifth Chukker team had earlier in the he first stage of the ongoing Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield international polo tournament upstaged  favourites and former winners, Tila Farms 8-41/2,  to win the prestigious Usman Dantata Cup.

With royalties, business gurus, diplomats, top politicians and thousands children and polo enthusiasts  members, watching as part of the colourful grand finale  crowd, the UNICEF Charity Shield family came together in a warm embrace to put forward its best case.

“It was an absolutely outstanding tournament, both on and off the field. We saw so many upsets and so many expectedly good performances.  It was just outstandingly exciting and competitive,” said the immediate past Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika who fielded two teams at the event.

The ten days annual event is a robust corporate social responsibility partnership platform set up in 2003 by Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club in conjunction with Access Bank Plc. For almost two decades now, this annual event has been raising funds to support UNICEF projects for vulnerable children and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Kaduna State and its environs.


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