Home Sports 1000+ Berbicians receive food hampers from BCB/RHTY&SC
Over the course of the last week, the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) again collaborated to assist hundreds of families affected by the ongoing flood situation in the Ancient County.
With funding from the Shimron and Nirvani Hetmyer Trust Fund, these two very popular organisations were very active over a period of five days distributing food hampers on both sides of the Berbice River in the county of Berbice.
Attacking West Indies middle order batsman Shimron Hetmyer had last week donated $3M to the BCB via the Trust Fund to assist families affected by the flood, while members of the RHTY&SC assisted in preparing and distributing the hampers.
BCB President Hilbert Foster disclosed that the Hetmyers had contacted him with the financial offer, and he agreed on behalf of both organisations to prepare and distribute the hampers.
Originally, the target had been 800 hampers, but with proper planning, the organisers were able to share out 917 large and 304 smaller hampers from West Berbice to Crabwood Creek in the Upper Corentyne area.
The large hampers each contained 20 items, among which were cooking oil, chowmein, flour, sugar, toilet tissue, split peas, macaroni and cheese, bleach, bread, toothpaste and rice. The smaller hampers each had 12 items in them.
Foster said the BCB used its countywide network of clubs to distribute the hampers, with a total of 56 clubs and sub-associations receiving hampers. Among the clubs that assisted to distribute the hampers were Kendall Union Sports Star, Bush Lot United, West Berbice, Chesney, Albion, Port Mourant, Kildonan, Upper Corentyne Cricket Association, Cut and Load, Belvedere United, Fyrish, Nigg Intruders, Hampshire, Rose Hall Canje, Edinburgh, Mt Sinai, Guymine, Young Warriors and East Bank Berbice.
Foster disclosed that the large number of clubs across the county enabled the organisers to reach a larger network of persons. Donations were also made to several NGOs, public institutions and religious organisations, including Little Angels, Service to Humanity, and the Rose Hall Town Mayor and Town Council.
BCB Public Relations Officer Simon Naidu has said members of the organising team were shocked at the conditions under which their fellow Berbicians were living because of the floods, and were delighted to be of assistance. He has extended gratitude to the Hetmyers for their assistance, and noted that over the last three years, the couple has invested heavily in the development of Berbice Cricket and in making a positive difference in the lives of the less fortunate.
Currently playing in the Pakistan Super League, Shimron Hetmyer has donated cricket balls to all clubs in Berbice, and has sponsored several cricket tournaments, educational grants to less fortunate cricketers, numerous charity programmes, and inter-county MVP programmes among other things
over the last three years since the election of Foster to the BCB Presidency.
The Hetmyers have expressed their happiness at being able to assist their fellow Berbicians in a time of need, and have committed themselves to assisting in the future.
The former West Indies under 19 captain has said he has full confidence in the leadership of the BCB to use his contribution properly.