“We have a belief that the more you share your blessings, the more God would bless you. Over the last 25 years, we have worked beyond the call of duty to assist our fellow cricket clubs and the Berbice Cricket Board, because we want everyone to succeed, not just us. When we are all successful, we would be able to keep more youths from the evil ways of Satan.”
Those were the words of Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hilbert Foster as the club made a contribution to the operations of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB).
The donation was done by the 10 cricket teams of the Club under their massive cricket development programme, which seeks to assist other clubs to reach the standards of the RHTY&SC. The teams are Poonai Pharmacy Under-12 and Under-13, Farfan and Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second-Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Namilco Thunderbolt Flour Under-21 and First-Division, and Metro Females.
The teams also handed over a donation to the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association (UCCA) .
The BCB received five cricket trophies, stationery, cleaning detergents, security equipment, and a set of COVID-19 protective items. The UCCA, the most vibrant sub-association in Guyana, received five trophies; a box of balls; educational posters and COVID-19 protective items, including face masks, face shields, and hand sanitisers.
The Club also handed over four school bags and educational materials to the family of an injured cricketer of No 72 Village. The player had been badly injured in a fight, and Foster, in his capacity as BCB President, had committed himself to assisting the family with food hampers, a cricket bat, and educational materials. All of the commitments have been fulfilled.
The long-serving RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO stated the Club had struggled a lot during the first five years of its existence and at times was barely able to keep its head above the water, but was able to excel through a simple theme of hard work, dedication, and faith in God. He stated that over the last 25 years, the RHTY&SC has assisted over 10 clubs in Berbice along with hundreds of cricketers with cricket gear, uniforms, bicycles, educational materials, food hampers, scorebooks, and youth information booklets among other items.
The Club also assisted numerous sister clubs financially to help them to fulfil their mandates. Foster stated that the RHTY&SC was pleased to be the leading cricket club in Berbice, but wanted other clubs to step up as it would enable more youths to fulfil their dreams and keep them away from a life of crime and drugs. He committed the RHTY&SC to assisting at least 40 cricket clubs and 200 youth players in 2021.
BCB Secretary Angela Haniff expressed gratitude to the RHTY&SC for the timely assistance while UCCA Vice President Sydney Jackman hailed the Club as a true friend of the sub-association.