The 2015 edition of the Access Bank-UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament is scheduled to hold in Kangimi Resort, Kaduna, from May 20 to May 31, 2015.
The biggest charity polo event in Africa will this year, feature 15 teams vying for honours in three categories, organizers of the event said in a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday.
The event, which is in its eighth year of Access Bank sponsorship, is a reaffirmation of the importance of the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children in northern Nigeria.
Babangida Hassan, Fifth Chukker Polo Captain, said they are proud to continue in its development of this established partnership with Access Bank and UNICEF. He listed the participating teams to include Deebee Farms, Akasma, Titans, Trappco Liberty, Fas Agro Sacks and, Meridian teams.
Others teams seeking to win a major prize at this year’s Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield tournament are Susplan, Maigari Farms, Sublime, Sultana, Huawei , Max Air, Keffi Ponys, Lintex-Titans and title holders, Fifth Chukker Access Bank team.
Campaigns for the most prestigious prize, the Access bank Cup and the low-goal UNICEF Cup promises to be an exciting experience with Deebee Farms and Akasma clashing in a potentially explosive game of the tournament.
The Access Bank Cup and the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup final are scheduled for May 24, while the Charity Shield grand finale with the defending champions, Fifth Chukker Access Bank aiming for a fourth straight victory, is scheduled for May 31.
Executive Director, Personal Banking, Access Bank, Victor Etuokwu, said the bank had maintained its yearly donation of N10m in supporting UNICEF towards its projects for orphans and vulnerable children.
In addition to that, the Bank is continually seeking avenues through which more resources can be pooled towards supporting the children
He said, “We have been working in Kaduna, in collaboration with UNICEF to elevate quality of lives. We need to do a lot more in support of these orphans and vulnerable children to enable them take tomorrow.
“We are hoping to get more children needing support for instance, children orphaned by HIV/AIDS – especially the girl child into schools” says Jean Gough, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria. “We have no doubt created the space for a lot of them to enjoy their rights to education through this partnership, but we aim to seek more community participation to achieve greater results”.