The glamorous Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield International Polo Tournament galloped to a flourishing climax at the weekend with the presentation of the N10 million donations by the main sponsors, Access Bank Plc., to UNICEF.
The donation was presented at the Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club in Kaduna by the Zonal Head of Retail Operations, Ade Ologun, as part of Access Bank commitment to charity and in support of UNICEF’s campaign against HIV/AIDS pandemic among Nigerian children.
Ologun led other top officials of Access Bank to the grand finale, expressed delight that the Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield is archiving its main objective of reaching out to the less privilege children in the society
UNICEF Country Representative, Miss Jean Gough, who received the donation, thank Access Bank Plc for the kind assistance, pointing out that through the donation, UNICEF would be able to provide care and support service to orphans and vulnerable children in focus areas of Kaduna State and its environs.
The cheque presentation which was the major highlight of the closing ceremony followed on the heels of the final game of the event in which Access Bank/Barbedos defeated max Air 8-6 to emerge the overall champions of the richest charity polo event in Africa.
The polo fiesta that attracted over 20 teams and thousands polo enthusiasts from around the world, was decided over three weekend of top flight polo in which four major prizes were given out to the winners. The colorful closing ceremony Saturday colourful closing ceremony was preceded by the final of the UNICEF Cup that pitched Fifth Chukker team against their Kangimi opponents.
At the end of the four chukka confrontation, the Abba Dawule led Fifth Chukker wrote their names in gold with a 5-4 victory, thus becoming the becoming the second Nigerian team after American University of Nigeria team from Yola, to clinch the title that has been dominated by the Work-to-Ride team from USA.