2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Cup
What: Invitation Only Polo Match
Benefiting: Sentebale - Supporting Children Living with HIV/AIDS
Purpose:
Buying Children Suffering
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from HIV/AIDS, Time

When: May 4, 2016
Where: Valiente Farm, Wellington, FL



Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras, along with England's polo star Malcolm Borwick and U.S.'s polo star Nic Roldan headlined the 3 teams that played a friendly round-robin polo match in the 2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Cup on a soggy and rain-trodden field after heavy rains threatened to cancel the event Wednesday May 4, 2016 at Valiente Farm in Wellington, FL. Wellington Polo is honored to have covered this worthy event, raising money to send children infected with HIV/AIDS to a new children's centre, allowing for treatment, education and a chance at a better life. At the dinner reception following the game, Prince Harry announced his plans to start a new center in Botswana. Please visit Sentebale.org to see how You can help.
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May 4, 2016: The Sentebale Team, Melissa Ganzi, Prince Harry, Malcolm Borwick and Bob Jornayvez with the 2016 trophy of the
Sentebale Royal Salute Cup, standing with the 13th Duke of Argyll.


May 4, 2016: Best Playing Pony of the 2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Cup ridden by Prince Harry & owned by Valiente Farm.



May 4, 2016: The 2 finalists of the 2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Cup, Teams Royal Salute (dark blue) and Sentebale, the winners (white).


Prince Harry with Nacho Figueras playing in the final round of the 2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Cup in Wellington, FL.


May 4, 2016: Prince Harry looking to hook Nic Roldan in the 2nd round of the 2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Cup.

May 4, 2016: Prince Harry is very amicable both on and off the field - 2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Cup in Wellington, FL.


May 4, 2016: Prince Harry definitely enjoys playing polo and is quite good on the field as well during the 2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Cup.




May 4, 2016: Nacho Figueras, Ralph Lauren's Polo model & Sentebale Ambassador playing in the 2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Cup!


May 4, 2016: left, Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina; right, Malcolm Boriwck, Delfina Figueras and Prince Harry arriving at the
2016 Sentebale Royal Salute Cup.





About Sentebale:

It’s been over ten years since Prince Harry first came to Lesotho - with Prince Seeiso as his guide. Together they decided to help children suffering the effects of HIV/AIDS and Sentebale was born.

The charity now delivers Saturday clubs and week-long residential camps for children
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coming to terms with living with HIV, encouraging child-to-child communication
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ensuring there are support networks around them in their homes, schools and community.

Seven years ago Prince Harry suggested a polo tournament as a means of fund raising.
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Since then, the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup - ferociously played every year between
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Prince Harry’s team and Nacho Figueras’ team - has toured Barbados, the UK, Brazil,
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Greenwich in the US, Abu Dhabi and Cape Town. Seven years on – with more than £3.5
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million raised – this year’s Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup is in Palm Beach.

And so you ask, how do these funds make a difference? On the 26th November,
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Sentebale opened the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre, the first purpose-built Centre of
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Excellence of its kind in southern Africa, providing care and support to vulnerable
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children and offering training for care workers as Sentebale reaches out across the region.
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It’s a place of hope and of opportunity - for a better future.

Amazing though this achievement is, it’s still not enough. HIV remains the number one
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cause of death in 10-19 year-olds in Africa - and the death rate for HIV infected
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adolescents is increasing, just as it’s falling for all other age groups. In Lesotho alone,
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there are some 21,000 adolescents living with HIV and only 30% accessing anti-retroviral treatment.

Sentebale supports children living with HIV by addressing social issues such as stigma,
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and their emotional well-being. By equipping them with essential life skills, Sentebale
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ensures they adhere to their medication and are able to lead healthy, productive lives.

It’s appropriate that it’s a polo match that’s helping raise awareness and fighting this
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disease. Lesotho’s Basotho horsemen are the only indigenous horse culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the tough, brave Basotho pony has been a favorite with polo players
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for over 100 years.


The rugged Basotho Pony and its rider.

Royal Salute, proud sponsor of the Sentebale Polo Cup since 2011, has placed this tournament at the centre of its World Polo Series for 2015 - which includes international polo events across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.​

The money and awareness raised from the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup - with the
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support of Sentebale Team sponsor, ISPS Handa; Official Clothing Sponsor, USPA;
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Official Umpire Sponsor, Merchant Hub; our generous host Valiente Polo Farm; and
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American Airlines, the Official Airline - will help deliver Sentebale’s expansion pla
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ns,
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providing psycho-social support to many more children coming to terms with living with
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HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa in the coming years.

So of course this is a day of thrilling polo but it’s for a purpose: to buy children suffering
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the effects of HIV/AIDS the most expensive of all commodities, time.