HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE DUKE OF SUSSEX, WILL PLAY IN THE 2019 SENTEBALE ISPS HANDA POLO CUP AT ROMA POLO CLUB, ROME, ITALY ON THE 24TH MAY.
Sentebale’s flagship event, will travel to Italy for the first time. As every year, the Duke of Sussex will help to raise funds and awareness of the charity’s work.
THE ISPS HANDA POLO CUP
Since 2010, the project supports the mental health and wellbeing of young people whose lives have been affected by HIV in southern Africa.
THE DUKE OF SUSSEX & THE SENTEBALE ST. REGIS TEAM
So, joining The Duke of Sussex on the field will include, Sentebale Ambassador and Argentine polo player, Nacho Figueras. He will captain the Sentebale St. Regis Team, against the U.S. Polo Assn Team. Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador, Malcolm Borwick will lead the team.
HIV REMAINS AN ESSENTIAL THREAT
Moreover, despite great progress made worldwide in combatting the AIDS epidemic, HIV remains one of the leading causes of death for adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. Three out of four new HIV infections among 15–19-year-olds are among young women.
Furthermore, stigma is a major factor preventing youth knowing their HIV status. It accesses lifesaving treatment and care.
So, over the last decade, Sentebale has significantly scaled up its work in Lesotho. Moreover, it has expanded into Botswana, addressing the mental health and wellbeing of 10 to 19-year-olds who are struggling to come to terms with living with HIV.
Besides, in the last year, 1,700 adolescents have attended residential weeklong camps. There, together with their peers, they have a safe space to address their challenges. Today over 4,600 young people living with HIV attend our monthly Saturday clubs.
In fact, funds raised from this year’s polo cup will enable Sentebale to continue helping many more young people in southern Africa. So, they will give them hope and opportunity for the future.
THE ISPS HANDA AND ITS PATRON THE DUKE OF SUSSEX
ISPS Handa (The International Sports Promotion Society) was founded by Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006. The aim was to further the transformative power of sport across the globe. The organization s proud to assume the position of title sponsor for the Polo Cup this year.
The most popular patron of the Polo Cup is the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry. The charming royal isn’t only the most popular face of the UK, but also a committed activist. He played also the last years for the charity.
THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX
Also, Harry’s beautiful wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex took part in the event last year. She presented the trophy. Furthermore, she gave an indescribable elegance and dignity to the event.
THE ISPS HANDA POLO CUP IN ROME
Howsoever, the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup will take place at Roma Polo Club, by invitation only. Along with event title sponsor ISPS Handa, other generous sponsors include; St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, U.S. Polo Assn., Royal Salute, and Moët & Chandon.
In addition, new this year, Sentebale and U.S. Polo Assn. have designed an apparel capsule collection, exclusively sold on-site, and 100% of the proceeds from the apparel sales will be donated to the Sentebale foundation.
Follow the journey and be a part of the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup using the hashtag #SentebaleISPSPolo
Photos of the last ISPS HANDA POLO CUP: CHRIS JACKSON/ GETTY IMAGES 2018