South Africa is to host the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup this weekend, and Britain’s popular Prince Harry will be there and playing the field, all for a good cause.
While supporting a charity in Africa, this is the first time the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup will take place on African soil and will be held on November 28. The venue is the Val de Vie Estate, a prestigious polo and residential estate nestled in the scenic Paarl-Franschhoek Valley in the winelands of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Last year, the event was held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and Prince Harry is pictured playing in the event above.
As reported by Iafrica, the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup is in its sixth year and was originally founded as a charity event by Prince Harry, together with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.
The largest one day polo event of its kind in the world, it was created to raise money for Sentebale, a charity set up to help Lesotho’s vulnerable children with HIV/AIDS. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $4.5 million and again this year, all proceeds from the event will go to the charity.
This year, the polo cup will take place two days after the opening ceremony of Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Center in Lesotho, set up by Prince Harry and the first center of its kind in Southern Africa to provide the best possible care to children affected by HIV/AIDS.
According to the Citizen, Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in memory of their mothers. Not only does it offer care to children affected by HIV/AIDS, but also offers support and education to the children, affected by the extreme poverty in Lesotho and the country’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.
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Prince Harry will be playing on the Sentebale ISPS Handa team along with Sentebale ambassador, Nacho Figueras, and the pair will be playing against the Royal Salute ambassador, Malcolm Borwick.
Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate, said in a statement that they are “extremely honored” to host the prestigious Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup at Val de Vie. He added that naturally it was also a great privilege to welcome the founders of the charity, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso, to their estate.
Neethling added that they are passionate about helping those in need, and more than happy to play a supporting role in the excellent work performed by the Sentebale charity in a country so close to South Africa.
Cathy Ferrier, the CEO of Sentebale said, “Sentebale’s annual polo fundraising event has gone from strength to strength over six consecutive years. Royal Salute is an incredible partner particularly in supporting the work we do and this flagship event.”
“We hope to raise even more money this year enabling us to care for and support many more children in Lesotho and across other southern African countries in the near future.”
Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso will be joined by other prestigious company at the event, including the South African Olympic gold medalist Ryk Neething, actress Laura Main from Call the Midwife, as well as a British spoken word artist, George the Poet, who will be in the audience enjoying the event, which is by invitation only.
Reportedly, Val de Vie established its own polo club back in 2007, and the game has become a major part of the estate’s lifestyle, with games played three times per week during the warmer months of the year.
Located 35 minutes from the city of Cape Town, the venue has become well-known both locally and internationally as a prime polo destination, offering full equestrian facilities, along with a riding arena and two polo fields and now to be honored with a Royal visit.
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