The ten cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS, have, over the years, hosted an annual Christmas Charity Programme along with their widely popular Christmas Village, which normally attracts thousands of excited children and their parents.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the teams would unfortunately be unable to host the village in all of its glory, but would be hosting their 30th annual Christmas Charity programme.
The charity activity was officially launched on Tuesday last, when Managing Director of E&A Consultants Inc, Mrs. Anasha Ally, handed over by cheque a significant contribution in memory of her late dad, Ananda T. Dharry, founder of the company.
RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, in accepting the donation, expressed gratitude to the company for the contribution. He explained that during the period December 5th to 24th, the 10 teams would be distributing 1000 food hampers to less fortunate families and 5000 Christmas toys across the Ancient County.
The club and its teams would also be providing special Christmas packages to hundreds of senior citizens; and clothing, footwear and educational materials would be shared out to several children’s orphanages and to senior citizens.
Foster explained that the Christmas packages would be a new addition to the programme, and would involve the delivery to senior citizens of a special gift bag with apples, grapes, soft drinks, biscuits and other delights. Moreover, the teams would visit the homes of 200 senior citizens on Christmas Morning to hand over a special Christmas breakfast to them. Christmas toys would also be donated to churches, so they can share them to their members.
The long-serving club official expressed gratitude to the management of E&A Consultants Inc for making the contribution in honour of the late Ananda T. Dharry. Deceased five years ago, Dharry has been described as having been a very strong supporter of the RHTY&SC and an outstanding product of the small municipality of Rose Hall Town. The club would be conferring on the late businessman its highest award, “The Dolphin Award of Excellence”, posthumously, and his daughter would be accepting it at a special ceremony in November.
The Dolphin Award of Excellence is specially reserved for 60 persons whom the club views as positive role models for youths to emulate.
Mrs. Ally congratulated the club on its outstanding work, and urged the executives to continue on the same path. She disclosed that the late Dharry had always spoken highly of the work of the club and its Secretary/CEO. She expressed delight at the club’s decision to honour her father, and accepted the offer to receive the award.
Meanwhile, several overseas- based Guyanese have committed to contributing to the Christmas programme. Among them are Satishwar Persaud, Joy-Tate Papannah, Natasha Papannah, Moonish Singh, Cecelia Vasconcellos, Alicia Raganadan, Subrina Busgith, Rajendra Daniel Sadeo, Zaeer Ali, Devika Ramlagan, Paulet Dudnauth, Beenita Singh, Sharma Sukhdeo, Jen Approo, Fiona Hendrax, Ellen Papannah, Tracy Khan, Romel Ayasammy, Sherry John, Pheonia Dequoy, Dropattie Ramsammy and Chanderpaul Hemraj