BCB/RHTY&SC/Vitality Inc hand over home to Ruthel Henry
…Minister Rodrigues praises cooperation of company
The Berbice Cricket Board, which continues to break new ground in sports administration, has collaborated with the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club and sponsor Vitality Inc to hand over a new home worth $2.7M to its Office Assistant Ruthel Henry on Friday last.
The BCB is perhaps the first sports organisation in the country to construct a home for one of its employees, and this forms part of the Hilbert Foster-led administration’s efforts to improve the lives of persons involved in playing or management of cricket.
Housing and Water Minister Susan Rodrigues officially handed over the home to an emotional Henry in the Glasgow Housing Scheme, and congratulated the two organisations and the sponsor on a job well done.
Minister Rodrigues noted that she was present when the company was officially launched last year, and said she is very pleased to see the company fulfilling its pledge to give back to the country. She pledged to give such companies her cooperation, and urged Henry to care and cherish her new home, which would allow her and her teenage son a life of comfort and safety.
Henry recalled that out of frustration she had approached Foster, who is also the Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC, for assistance to construct a new home, as the cost of rent was too high for her. The BCB President, she said, readily agreed to her request, and committed the two organisations he leads to finding a sponsor for the home. Foster then approached Sureain Sawh of Vitality Inc for assistance, and the overseas-based Guyanese readily agreed to the request.
This home, construction of which started three months ago, is 20 feet by 28 feet, and includes two bedrooms, a hall, kitchen, and washroom area. The home is also equipped with an overhead water tank to provide water.
Abbas Hamid, a Director of Vitality Inc, has said the company is very pleased to work along with the BCB, as it is satisfied with its work on and off the cricket field. Vitality Inc, he noted, is determined to leave an impact in the areas it serves. The company offer services to Guyana in the areas of accounting, consultancy and supply of materials for Guyana’s booming oil sector.
The company also handed over a cheque for Gy$325 thousand towards the purchase of new 100 foot by 24foot cricket pitch covers for the Upper Corentyne area. The covers would be handed to the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association, and would assist the area to successfully host major tournaments and finals even in the event of rain.
Unavoidably absent at the handing over ceremony due to a prior official engagement, BCB President Hilbert Foster has said he is delighted for the small Henry family, and has expressed gratitude to Vitality Inc for its support. The BCB, Foster stated, would not only fulfill its duty to make Berbice cricket the best, but would also make a positive difference in the lives of others under a series of community activities. Special emphasis, he stated, would be placed on alleviating extreme poverty and on attaining education.