Queen's Cup Pink Polo 2024 celebrates 15 years of charitable excellence

Queen's Cup Pink Polo 2024 celebrates 15 years of charitable excellence

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Queen's Cup Pink Polo 2024 celebrates  15 years of charitable excellence
The Thai Polo team take on Malaysia's Jamjar team. Photos Courtesy of Queen's Cup Pink Polo 2024

The Queen's Cup Pink Polo 2024 tournament, a charitable women's polo event dedicated to supporting breast cancer initiatives, recently wrapped at the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club in Pattaya.

Organised by B.Grimm, and led by Harald Link, chairman of B.Grimm and president of the Thailand Equestrian Federation (TEF), along with Nunthinee Tanner, the first lady polo player in Thailand who initiated Pink Polo 15 years ago and vice-president of the TEF, the event was a thrilling competition between the Thai Polo team and the Jamjar team from Malaysia. The Thai Polo team emerged victorious with a score of 5-4 amidst enthusiastic cheers from spectators.

Among the distinguished guests who participated in the event and contributed to the charitable cause were Dr Kris Chatamra, director of the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation (QSCBC); Khunying Finola Chatamra, honorary adviser to the QSCBC; Gustavo Alberto Martino, ambassador of Argentina; HE Mohammed Abdul Hye, ambassador of Bangladesh; HE Artur Dmochowski, ambassador of Poland; and Ernst Reichel, ambassador of Germany.

"Breast cancer is a life-threatening disease and the leading cause of death among Thai women," said Dr Kris Chatamra. "Therefore, it is crucial to raise awareness among women about the importance of breast cancer screening and care to prevent this disease. The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 2007 as a public charity organisation and was the first comprehensive cancer care and treatment centre for breast cancer patients in Thailand.

From left, Khunying Finola Chatamra, Harald Link and Dr Kris Chatamra.

"It is the best-equipped centre in terms of medical facilities, and provides final stage patients who are underprivileged with accommodation, helps patients undergoing treatment who lack housing, offers activity centres for patients and volunteers, and learning and training centres as well as research and diagnostic centres for breast cancer, with the aim to support all women in need and act as a refuge for women facing this deadly disease. It also provides physical and emotional support to cancer patients to uphold the aspirations of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother."

The event was treated to a special surprise by Bing Han, concertmaster of the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, who showcased violin performances during the divot stomping and added colour to the event. Participants, both young and old, enthusiastically joined in, followed by the presentation of Best Dress Awards and Best Hat Awards to distinguished guests. The Best Hat Award went to Kanyavie Jai Boon, CEO of Thai Metal Forging, while the Best Dress Award was awarded to Anchalee Vonder Lu.

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