Kaduna set for Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield Polo


The  prestigious 2024 edition of Africa’s premium Fundraising polo platform, the Access Bank-UNICEF Charity will gallops-off May 27 at the foremost Fifth Chukker Lawns of Kangimi Resort in Kaduna  with defending champions, Fifth Chukker and other top teams from across the country vying 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 UNICEF Cup and the events’ second most wanted prize, The Access Bank Cup in the first stage  between May 27 and June 2.

Organizers of the prestigious charity event also disclosed that the second and the grand finale stage  billed to hold between June 4 and 8 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 Usman Dantata Cup and tournament top prize, the Charity Shield.

Organizers confirmed  that the title sponsors, and its partners that have raised over  500 million Naira so far which has  taken the commitment to UNICEF Charity polo fundraising platform to a new level as well as the commissioning of fully equipped sixty classroom blocks in Kaduna State.

The project that birthed 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,” the statement added.

Last year, the Charity Shield polo tourney climaxed in a cliff-hanging triumph for Access Bank (1&2) teams, Abuja YBL and Kano Rumbu polo teams who emerged champions, carting home all the four titles on offer.

The 2023 edition of the UNICEF Charity Shield polo tournament will be remembered for its thrilling matches, outstanding performances, and the charitable spirit that resonated throughout.

The event served as a testament to the harmonious fusion of sports and philanthropy, reinforcing the belief that sports can be a catalyst for positive change in society.

Recalled  that the Charity Shield began in 2003 as a platform to support local charity organizations in Kaduna, since 2006 this humanitarian effort has been geared exclusively towards UNICEF intervention projects for orphans and vulnerable children in Kaduna State.

In 2008, the Charity Shield received a major boost when Access Bank agreed to a multi-year sponsorship deal, making the tournament one of the best-supported charity events in the history of Nigerian sport. Income generated from these cooperatives is used to meet the needs of the children in their care, including providing healthcare and education supplies.

The Charity Shield platform that has raised over N500 million to UNICEF, acknowledges and appreciates the profound impact it has had on the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children.

The tournament not only showcased the exhilarating sport of polo but also highlighted the power of sports in contributing to social causes. The participants, spectators, and organizers collectively made a difference by supporting the noble cause of UNICEF and uplifting the lives of children in need.

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