Project “Cricket Gear for young and promising cricketers in Guyana”: Orion Hope is project’s latest beneficiary
Ajay Gainda, the youthful owner of Cricket Equipment Guyana, has answered the call from former national youth player Devon Ramnauth for one pair of cricket shoes for Orion Hope.
Hope, a student of St. Joseph High School who was once awarded by the Ministry of Tourism for being “the youngest Kidpreneur”, has for the first time attended the recently-concluded Malteenoes Sports Club’s Summer Cricket Camp, and he instantly fell in love with the game.
This Project is an initiative jointly owned by Anil Beharry of Guyana and Kishan Das of the USA. Total cricket-related items collected so far is as follows: $230,000 cash, two trophies, twelve cricket boots, nineteen pairs of batting pads, twenty-one bats, fifteen pairs of batting gloves, nineteen thigh pads, one pair of wicketkeeping pads, one arm guard, six cricket bags, and two helmets.
In addition to the above, $600,000 worth in gear was donated by Sheik Mohamed, former national wicket- keeper/batsman.
To date, thirty-eight young players from all three counties of Guyana have benefited from the receipt of three junior gear bags, two trophies, one arm guard, fourteen bats, one box, two helmets, eleven pairs of cricket shoes, ten pairs of batting pads, one bat rubber and twelve pairs of batting gloves. In addition, two clubs in the Pomeroon area have benefited from the receipt of two used bats.
Pomeroon, Leguan and Wakenaam Cricket Committees and the Cotton Tree Die Hard club have also each received one box of red cricket balls, while the RHCCCC has received two, fifteen white cricket shirts, one pair of junior batting pads, one pair of wicket-keeping gloves and a set of stumps and bails have been received by the Essequibo Cricket Board.
Cricket-related items, used or new, will be distributed free of cost to young and promising cricketers in Guyana. Skills, discipline and education are important characteristics of the recipients. Talent spotting is being done across the country, and club leaders also assist to identify talent. Progressive and well managed clubs will also benefit.
Some of the sponsors on board are: Javed and Imran of West Indian Sports Complex, Option Group of USA, Hilbert Foster, Bish Panday of P and P Insurance Brokers, Sean Devers, Trevis Simon, Årïêl J. Tïlkú, Aaron Beharry, Leanna Bachan and Imran Saccoor, Devon Ramnauth, Teddy Singh, Romash Munna, Ravi Etwaroo, Kelvin Brijlall, Ravin Harkishun, Surendra Harkishun, Allan Mangru, Vishal Mahabir, Sherman Austin, Huburn Evans, Rajendra Sadeo, Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall, Sheik Mohamed of Star Sports Awards and Trophies, Ajay Gainda of Cricket Equipment Guyana, Gajanand Singh, Peter Ramkissoon, Rabindranath Saywack, Roshan Gaffoor, Ameer Rahaman, Chin Singh, Denesh Chandrapaul and Dr Cecil Beharry.
The media are also being thanked for the role they are playing in promoting this venture.
Distribution will continue.
Anyone interested in contributing can contact Anil Beharry on 623-6875 or Kishan Das on 1 718 664-0896.