Khemraj Mahadeo honoured as Walter Nero Father of the Year by RHTY&SC
…Club and DTV-8 host 1st-ever David Rambarran Tribute to Fathers programme
The 11 cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) last weekend honoured one of their own, Khemraj Mahadeo, as the Walter Nero Father of the Year 2021 as part of its massive Tribute to Fathers’ programme.
Mahadeo, a former national junior cricketer, is a long-standing member of Guyana’s leading youth and sports club with more than 24 years of membership. He is the father of two children and is a loving and dedicated parent, in addition to being a very successful businessman.
RHTY&SC Assistant Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Simon Naidu, who spearheaded the 2021 edition of the Walter Nero Memorial Tribute to Fathers programme, stated that Mahadeo was chosen because he was an inspiration and mentor to every young male in the Club and also due to his determination to be the best parent to his two children. The Club, he stated, was very committed to making sure that every member understood that the role of being a parent is a God-given opportunity that should be fulfilled and cherished.
RHTY&SC honorary member Gregory Rambarran congratulated Mahadeo and urged him to continue to be a mentor to others and to share his experience with the younger generation of parents who might be struggling to fulfil their roles.
Mahadeo noted that being a member of the Club for most of his life had prepared him for the role of a parent and he felt humbled to be honoured by his peers, whom he considered family. The 11 teams also distributed close to 200 food hampers under the Walter Nero Memorial Programme. Nero was a close friend and mentor to the Club and his five overseas-based daughters – Sandra, Karen, Jackie, Theresa and Narcy – have been sponsoring the programme in his memory for the last five years. Anthony Nero, speaking on behalf of the family, expressed gratitude to the RHTY&SC for keeping his father’s memory alive and also hailed the outstanding work of the Club, which, he stated, has transformed the lives of countless persons across the Ancient County. He congratulated Mahadeo on his well-earned award and handed over his prize, which included a framed certificate of excellence, medal of excellence, and a collection of gifts.
Meanwhile, the teams also hosted their first-ever countywide fathers’ appreciation programme in association with long-time partner DTV-8 to honor three outstanding fathers. Three parents received the RHTY&SC/David Rambarran Tribute to Outstanding Fathers award. They were selected after a countywide essay competition organised by DTV-8. Those honoured were Ezra Minty, Adria Singh and Arvendra Sukhlal.
David Rambarran was the founder of the popular television station DTV-8 and was also a close friend/mentor of the Club before his death. The Rambarran family has maintained a close working relationship with the Club over the years, and Gregory Rambarran, the eldest of David’s sons, serves as an advisor to the executives of the RHTY&SC, MS. Speaking at the simple presentation ceremony at the TV station’s head office on Saturday last, Gregory Rambarran expressed thanks to the cricket teams for honouring the memory of his father and also hailed the outstanding work of the Club over the past 31 years, which, he stated, was unmatched by any other organisation in Guyana. Each of the awardees received a special gift, a framed certificate, and a medal of excellence.
The 11 cricket teams of the RHTY&SC are Poonai Pharmacy Under-12 and 13, Farfan and Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Metro Females, Vitality Under-23 , and Namilco Under-21 and First Division.