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Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club donates 5 Million Naira to UNICEF, benefitting vulnerable children in Kaduna State

Kaduna, Nigeria, 6 June 2011 - UNICEF’s private-sector partner, Fifth Chukker Polo and Country Club, donated N5million to UNICEF to use in its work in support of orphans and vulnerable children, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS in Kaduna State.

Fifth Chukker Chairman and CEO Alhaji Adamu Atta presented the donation during the Access Bank–Emir of Katsina Charity Shield polo tournament contested by national and international players at the Fifth Chukker grounds at Kangimi Resort in Kaduna. Fifth Chukker has supported UNICEF through this tournament since 2006.

'Our support for UNICEF over the years stems from our commitment to give back to those most in need in Nigeria, especially children,’ said Adamu Atta.

One of the highlights of the tournament is the UNICEF Cup, which this year was played by riders under the age of 18 from the USA and the Nigeria American University (AUN) and won by the Work to Riders with 7 against 6 goals.

The Work to Ride team, themselves part of an NGO that supports horsemanship among underprivileged youth, had time to visit projects carried out with Fifth Chukker/Access Bank support to UNICEF.

‘It has been a great opportunity for us to see projects with a positive impact on orphans and vulnerable children and I am happy to be a part of this laudable project,’ said team spokesman Richard Prather.

 Members of Kaduna State Government have expressed concern over the increasing number of cases of HIV infection in the State despite various interventions from the Government and civil society to fight the epidemic. Kaduna State has one of the highest rates of infections in the North West Zone of Nigeria.

‘UNICEF always works in partnership and we have established collaboration with the Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club to benefit children and families in greatest need in Kaduna State. For the past four years, The Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club in Kaduna State has supported UNICEF’s work to protect children affected by AIDS through the Access Bank/Emir of Katsina Charity Shield Polo Tournament. For this, we are extremely grateful’ said Dr. Suomi Sakai, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

The 2011 Access Bank–Emir of Katsina Charity Shield polo tournament eleven days event came to a close on Sunday, 5th of June at the end of the final cup match played by Access Bank versus Linetrale Trafigura which ended in favour of Access Bank with 9 goals against 7. The tournament was attended by prominent personalities including Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, traditional leaders, business groups as well as keen polo players from Nigeria and abroad.

About UNICEF:

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

For further information please contact:

Rabiu Musa, UNICEF Kaduna, mobile +234 803 659 1164; email: rmusa@unicef.org

Geoffrey Njoku, UNICEF Abuja, mobile +234 803 525 0288; email : gnjoku@unicef.org

 

 

 
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