Cintron Pink Polo
Polo with a purpose: Thousands unite in aid of breast cancer awareness and support at sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo
All things grand and glamorous were in order on Saturday 7 November at the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo event held at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley. Guests from near and far swanned to the estate’s polo grounds for what was a unique blend of elegance, entertainment and exquisite scenery, all in support of the fight against breast cancer.
Funds generated through the event will go to non-profit organisation Reach for Recovery and its Ditto project, which will assist women with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from the disease.
The day’s proceedings included a luxurious fashion show, hosted by international fashion brands, Vicomte A. & IKKS, a live performance by celebrity vocalist, Tamara Dey, and of course an exciting polo match, which saw sponsors, Cintron and Julius Baer competing head-to-head. After four chukkas, the nail-biting match ended on a score of 5-6 to team Julius Baer, with captain, Tom de Bruin’s pony, Chilli, being named Best Playing Pony of the day. No polo event is complete without the traditional act of divot stomping, and this was no exception – guests put their best foot forward and took to the field with luxury car brand, Crossley and Webb to pat down the torn up turf.
Food was a talking point as guests were presented with an indulgent spread of skilfully crafted, never before seen “food-ventions”. This year also saw the launch of the Pink Food Truck Fair which offered guests a laid-back experience where they were able to enjoy tantalising food straight from innovative food trucks.
Some of SA’s most famous faces were amongst esteemed guests. From Tanya van Graan to Liezel van der Westhuizen and Jen Su, these A-list celebs joined in to support this worthy cause.
Comments Simone de Wet, MD at Val de Vie Events: “Six years ago the event was launched to act as a vocal platform and to raise awareness about breast cancer in our country, and world-wide. The day was a celebration of stories of miraculous healing, as well as an opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to honour the lives they lived.”
About Reach for Recovery and the DITTO Project
After having breast cancer and a mastectomy, a woman is often worried about her appearance. External breast prosthesis may be the only option a woman has, especially if she cannot afford to undergo reconstructive surgery. Wearing a breast prosthesis is a personal choice. The reality is that many breast cancer patients in South Africa cannot even afford a bra, let alone a breast prosthesis.
Reach for Recovery wants to help these women who come from very low income groups to feel confident again after the traumatic diagnoses and surgery through our Ditto Project. We aim to assist them with a silicone breast prosthesis. A breast prosthesis or breast form is an artificial breast that can be worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. The local Reach for Recovery Group also provides a fitting service to ensure that a woman chooses the right shape and size. We are also looking at ways to ensure that the woman will have a proper bra to wear her breast prosthesis with confidence
The Ditto Prosthesis Support Programme ensures that women who need breast prosthesis have to access to this.
Find out more on Reach for Recovery's website.