The Duke of Sussex travels to Rome for Polo Cup

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 to raise funds and awareness of the charity’s work supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people whose lives have been affected by HIV in southern Africa.

Joining The Duke on the field will include, Sentebale Ambassador and Argentine polo player, Nacho Figueras, who will captain the Sentebale St. Regis Team, against the U.S. Polo Assn Team that will be captained by Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador, Malcolm Borwick.

Richard Miller, Chief Executive of Sentebale says, “We are delighted to be hosting this year’s Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at Roma Polo Club in Italy, and all of us at Sentebale are enormously grateful for the continued support of our loyal and trusted sponsors in this year’s event. Partnerships like these are invaluable to us being able to deliver quality programmes of education, care and psychosocial support to many young people whose lives have been affected by the HIV epidemic in southern Africa.”

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, and stigma is a major factor preventing youth knowing their HIV status and accessing lifesaving treatment and care.

Over the last decade, Sentebale has significantly scaled up its work in Lesotho and 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. In the last year, 1,700 adolescents have attended residential weeklong camps where together with their peers, they have a safe space to address their challenges, and today over 4,600 young people living with HIV attend our monthly Saturday clubs.

Funds raised from this year’s polo cup will enable Sentebale to continue helping many more young people in southern Africa giving them hope and opportunity for the future.

ISPS Handa (The International Sports Promotion Society), which was founded by Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to further the transformative power of sport across the globe, is proud to assume the position of title sponsor for the Polo Cup this year.

Dr Handa, Chairman, ISPS Handa says, “ISPS has supported Sentebale since 2014. Over this time, we have witnessed this highly effective charity change the outlook of young lives in Lesotho, Botswana and now Malawi. The polo cup is a stalwart fixture in the global polo calendar and we are honoured to work alongside Sentebale, who are harnessing the power of sport at this event to impact real change for those living with HIV/AIDS.”

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.

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

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