Polo stars turn out in force for deprived kids

POLO stars have raised more than £100,000 for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Argentina following a weekend event at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor.

The players were enthusiastic as was the support from the celebrity-filled stands, with the likes of rugby’s Sean Fitzpatrick and Boris Becker in attendance. And the victory seemed to lie not just with the winning team but with everyone that contributed to raising money for disadvantaged children all over Argentina.

Rugby legend Hugo Porta, the President of Laureus Fundacion Argentina, said: “You just cannot exaggerate what good the money that has been raised here today will do for the youngsters we are trying to help in my country.”

The fundraising went beyond the match as renowned Swiss watch-maker IWC Schaffhausen donated a special Laureus edition watch in stainless steel, only 1,000 of which are being manufactured, which was auctioned to raise additional funds.

Edwin Moses, chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, said: “This great day out at Windsor has become one of the highlights of the Laureus year.”

It seems the event was inspiring for everyone involved, combining great sport with the opportunity to raise funds for a very worthy cause.

The next fundraising event is the London to Champagne bike ride from 4-8 July. This involves travelling across the English Landscape to the white cliffs of Dover, ending in the historic Champagne region, where the reward of a glass of bubbly awaits.

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