RHTY&SC cricket teams launch Solar Lights Project

…M&P Investment Inc makes significant contribution

M&P Investment CEO Maria Walcott hands over the donation to RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster

“Never in the history of Guyana has a youth and sports organisation contributed to the development of their community as the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC). We are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of the people around us. Most importantly, we want our players to be agents of change and to develop a culture of paying it forward.”
Those were the words of RHTY&SC Assistant Secretary/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Simon Naidu during a simple ceremony, which marked the launch of a Solar Lights project for the township of Rose Hall.
Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, who is spearheading the project, disclosed that the teams were aiming to install several solar lights around Guyana’s smallest township. The project is being organised under the club’s Say No to Crime programme.
Naidu stated that at least 30 solar lights would be installed around the township. The 20-year-old RHTY&SC Assistant Secretary/CEO stated that the teams have observed a sudden rise of petty crime in Rose Hall, occurring particularly in areas where there are no lights. The teams – Rose Hall Town Poonai Pharmacy Under-12 and Under-13, Farfan and Mendes Ltd Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second-Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Metro Female, Namilco First-Division and Under-21 – will purchase the solar lights and hand them over to the Town Council for installation. They are expected to select the sites for the lights after conducting a survey.
The efforts of the 10 cricket teams received a major boost when the management of M&P Investment Inc handed over funds to purchase 10 of the lights. The company is currently in the process of constructing a day-care centre in the Area H Ground and readily agreed to the teams’ request for assistance.
Owner of the company, Pierre Walcott stated that M&P Investment Inc strongly believed in giving back to the communities in which it worked, and noted that he was very impressed with the work of the Club.
Secretary/CEO Foster stated that the RHTY&SC was grateful for the company’s assistance and he was confident that funds for all the solar lights would be obtained shortly.
Special emphasis, he stated, will be placed on the Say No to Crime programme in 2021 as the rise in criminal activities is affecting the entire township.
Pepsi Under-19 Captain Jonathan Rampersaud, a former national junior player, stated that the 10 cricket teams in 2021 were aiming to complete at least 60 activities under the Say No to Crime programme. They include publication of posters and stickers, donations to the Police outpost, youth information booklets, law enforcement officers award ceremonies, the solar lights project and television programmes.