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Recounting her original vision for the event, Carrie
McNeill told us: “I wanted to create something that gave
back to the community, something that would be fun and
create awareness. Polo is the perfect sport for this region
as it combines different elements from high adrenaline
action to a relaxed equestrian social environment for
families and friends. Pink Polo is an innovative way of
addressing the taboo subject of breast cancer and I believe
Pink Polo can help to save lives!”
The annual event has become so much more than a
one day extravaganza. Leading up to the big day, Carrie
McNeill and her team created a buzz with several
innovative promotions including informative visit to
colleges across the UAE and the unveiling of the Pink
Polo Abaya collection – their thoughtful way of engaging
with the local ladies.
From pony and camel rides to falcon and horse shows, a
skydiving display from Skydive Dubai, pink makeovers
including nail polish and pink ribbon body art and photo
sessions with world class polo players, the free event
had something for everybody. We were educated and
entertained throughout the day, with the heart of the
event being the ‘Pink Majilis’ - a centre point for guests
to talk to medical experts, meet breast cancer survivors.
Ladies were also able to learn self examination techniques
and undergo free screenings at a mobile mammography
unit.
The pinnacle for all was of course the polo match itself,
between ADCB and Estee Lauder at Ghantoot Racing
& Polo Club in Abu Dhabi – ideally located in-between
three of the country’s most expanding cites, Abu Dhabi,
Dubai and Al Ain to ensure maximum capacity at the
event.
‘The Pink Terrace’, provided a unique pavilion viewing
experience for female guests to enjoy the game.
Argentinean Oscar Colombres was the star of the show,
grabbing a hat-trick for eventual winners ADCB, while
Emirati brothers Tariq Bin Desmal and Abdullah Bin
Desmal scored the other two goals. Mattar Al Yabhouni
scored a brace for Estee Lauder, and Naser Al Dhari got
the team’s other goal. The final result saw ADCB emerge
victorious with a 5 – 3 win in the annual charity match.
ADCB’s Chief Marketing Officer, Martin Scott, said:
“We are delighted that we have emerged the victors in this
polo game and send our thanks and congratulations to our
excellent Emirati players, the Bin Desmal brothers, as well
as their Argentine professional Oscar Colombres, who
have done us proud.
“We may have won the match, but we hope that the real
winner today is the fight against breast cancer and the
message that Pink Polo sends to the people of the UAE.”
Pink Polo founder Carrie McNeil was also pleased with
the success of the day at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club.
She said: “The Pink Polo event provides a platform to
communicate a serious message to the community about
how early detection saves lives. Ghantoot Racing & Polo
Club is one of the world’s leading equestrian facilities and
it’s an honor to see Pink Polo hosted there. The event is
under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al
Nahyan, the son of Sheikh Zayed who has shown great
support from the start of this journey.”
It’s little wonder the pioneering sports initiative has
received rave recognition across the globe. Carrie McNeil
is already planning the 2012 event which she tells us will
take place on October 27th. With unsurpassable support
from prominent local and international companies
including presenting sponsor Abu Dhabi Commercial
Bank (ADCB) and Estee Lauder Companies, we were
certainly tickled pink at being part of such an inspiring
day. Here’s to the next Pink Polo event later on this year!
As the number one annual breast cancer awareness event for the Emirate
of Abu Dhabi, we were proud to be in attendance for a successful day of
charity and good cheer at the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club.
It’s a humbling experience to be in the company of likeminded patrons of
such a worthy cause. Launched in 2010, Pink Polo was founded by Carrie
McNeill to raise awareness of breast cancer in the UAE, by staging a world-
class polo exhibition game for all the family. She’s certainly made her mark.
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