Farfan and Mendes Ltd renews RHTY&SC cricket sponsorship for 25th year
Sponsorship deals in Guyana for sports normally last a few years, and, over the last decade, most sports organisations have struggled to obtain sponsorship from corporate Guyana.
On Tuesday last, Guyana’s leading youth and sports club, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC), renewed its long-standing relationship with Farfan and Mendes during a simple presentation at the company’s Head Office at Providence, East Bank Demerara.
The two organisations have enjoyed a very close working relationship since 1996.
RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster has described the long serving sponsor as one of the main reasons why the club is widely called the best in the country. He noted that Farfan and Mendes Ltd is the longest serving supporter of the RHTY&SC’s activities.
The relationship started with a donation of a grass cutter to the club in March 1996, done towards the upkeep of the Area H Ground, and then financial support followed from 1997. The Rose Hall Town Farfan and Mendes Ltd Under 15 team has won five Berbice championships under the name of the sponsorship, and undertaken over 1000 community-related programmes.
Those programmes include cricket academies, senior citizens breakfast, youth information booklets, beach cleanup campaign, tribute to mothers and fathers, summer camps, feeding of the less fortunate, food hampers project, tribute to heroes, medical outreaches, Say No/Say YES campaign, Mash Parade and youth inspirational forums.
The club has also produced dozens of players who have gone on to represent Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies. Among those players are Assad Fudadin, Royston Crandon, Delbert Hicks, Dominic Rikhi, Abdel Fudadin, Khemraj Mahadeo, Murphy La Rose, Kelvon Anderson, Junior Williams, Shawn Perreira, Slyus Tyndall, Matthew Pottaya, Jonathan Rampersaud, Jeremy Sandia, Christopher Deroop, Chanderpaul Govindra, Mahendra Gopilall, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond and Shabaki Gajnabi.
Fudadin, Crandon, Anderson, Campbelle, Grimmond and Gajnabi have all gone on to represent the West Indies at different levels.
RHTY&SC Asst Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu has stated that the 25-year relationship has touched and changed the lives of countless persons on the cricket field, in the class room, and in their homes.
The company, over the years, has also co-sponsored the club’s annual youth magazines, cricket academy, summer camp, charity programme, Christmas Village, Say No/Say Yes campaign, and youth information booklet, among numerous other activities.
Naidu reassured the company management that the club would continue to uphold its high standard in 2021, and would always strive to be the best on and off the cricket field.
The team would be led by Rapheal Fraser, with Raj Tika as his deputy in 2021. Long serving club executive Ravinranauth Kissoonlall is the manager, while Tyrone Pottaya is his deputy. The team would also complete sixty community projects under the sponsorship during the year.
Farfan and Mendes Marketing Executive Onai Vasconcellos hailed the outstanding work of the club over the years, and noted that his company is delighted to be associated with the RHTY&SC. Vasconcellos noted that the relationship has lasted for so long because the club has been an outstanding representative of his company brand on and off the cricket field.