Access Bank Plc, in partnership with Fifth Chukker, has raised $2.2 million in pledges for the underprivileged during the finale of its yearly UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament, held at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor, United Kingdom.
The charity event which was attended by The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; businesswoman and philanthropist, Bola Shagaya; Chief Executive Officer of Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu; and entrepreneurs, Kola and Tunde Karim, demonstrated the bank’s commitment to the underprivileged as artworks worth $30,000 (N11 million) were purchased from notable masters of the arts.
Hundreds of spectators also gathered to watch the number one Polo player in the World- Argentine’s Adolfo Cambiasso play alongside Nigerian duo, Adamu Atta and Babangida Usman.
Speaking at the event, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, affirmed the bank’s continued support for the Fifth Chukker UNICEF initiative, which is predicated on its role as a change agent in Nigeria and Africa.
“We will continue to look for ways through which more resources can be pooled towards supporting the children. We are part of the community and as such we support its wellbeing,” he stated.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank UK, Jamie Simmonds, said: “The way we balance our economic, environmental and social impact while continuing to grow our business and enhance our reputation is an area of key importance to us.
“This year we have grown our balance sheet by 26 per cent and increased year-on-year profits by 76 per cent. Our achievements owe much to the strong partnership we have with our parent bank. Our joint support of this new decade of the Access Bank Group/UNICEF Charity Shield with Fifth Chukker is an evidence of the social and economic value of that partnership,” he added.
Fifth Chukker has worked with UNICEF in Nigeria to advocate for the realization of children’s rights in the areas of Basic Education, Child Protection, Health and Nutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene to help children meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
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