Anantara raises $100K at elephant polo event

Money raised will go directly to help street elephants in Thailand

The New Zealand All Blacks facing Audemars Piguet
The New Zealand All Blacks facing Audemars Piguet

Anantara has raised more than THB 3.3 million (US $107,000) at its annual elephant polo tournament in Thailand.

The final match in the charity event saw the King Power team win 13-9 over defending champions Audemars Piguet.

Anantara began holding the annual tournament in 2001, and has since raised more than US $600,000 in total, through auctions at gala dinners.

The free event saw exhibition matches, with New Zealand All Blacks’ Robin Brooke, Olo Brown and Charlie Riechelmann going head-to-head with European royals Prince Carl-Eugen Oettingen-Wallerstein and his wife Princess Anna and daughter Princess Joanna.

The money raised will go towards helping the livelihood of elephants in the country – 42 of which took part in the tournament, where they received vitamin supplements and full veterinary checks.

Projects to benefit from the 2012 tournament will include an extension of the ongoing Thai Elephant Therapy Project being undertaken in conjunction with Chiang Mai University Department of Occupational Therapy.


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