RHTYSC is completing another successful year despite the Covid-19 pandemic
– Exceeds the target of 700 activities
Kaieteur News – Although the Covid-19 pandemic forced most youth and sports organizations to close their doors, Rose Hall Youth and Town Sports Club, MS was still able to complete a highly successful 2020 and even exceeded its original target of seven hundred activities. Club Secretary / CEO Hilbert Foster said the club had adapted a strict Covid-19 guideline scheme for its membership and management, while doubling efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by the pandemic affect them badly.
A total of 707 activities were completed under the headings of sport, coaching, educational, charity, religious, youth development, social, community development, personal development, publications, anti-alcohol, anti-tobacco, anti-suicide, anti-crime among others. Activities completed in 2020 were thirty six less than the 743 achieved in 2019 but Foster noted that Management remained pleased as the RHTYSC had a six-week break when the pandemic began in early March.
The RHTYSC, MS cricket teams in the first two months of the year did quite well as they won the Nand Persaud 20/20 Female Tournament, Natasha Gangoo Tribute Trophy, BCB / Busta Champions Champion, BCB / Stag Beer 50 Overs, Memorial Tournament 20 / 20 BCB / Ivan Madray and 20/20 league Lower Corentyne Let’s Bet Sports. They were also runners-up in the Ramnaresh Sarwan Under-17 tournament and the Raffik Construction 100-ball Cup. The Namilco Thunderbolt Flour first division team has also reached the semi-finals of Banks Beer’s first two-day division so far, while the other teams have reached the quarter-finals of the New Building Society’s 40-over tournament, Elizabeth Styles Under-21 and semi-finals general Let Bet Sports County Wide.
Kevin Sinclair made his first-class appearance for Guyana after making a memorable first appearance for an emerging West Indies team at CWI level one day. Kevlon Anderson represented the talented West Indies in the ICC Under-19 World Cup and scored 103 against Scotland in a warm-up match and 86 not out against England in an impressive tour. Sheneta Grimmond and Shemaine Campbelle toured Australia in February with the West Indies World Cup squad, while fellow club Shabika Gajnabi joined them on a trip to England in September. Gajnabi captained Berbice to the GCB women’s championship and was joined by club friends Erva Giddings, Plaffina Millington, Marian Samaroo, Oma Matadin, Kimmone Thomas, Trisha Hardat, Dian Prahalad, Sherika Campbelle and Aleema Arokium. Christopher Deroop, Nyron Hicks, Matthew Pottaya, Jonathan Rampersaud, Mahendra Gopilall and Jeremy Sandia represented Berbice during a smaller GCB junior inter-county season.
All of RHTYSC’s official cricket sponsors – Poonai Pharmacy, Farfan & Mendes Ltd, Bakewell, Pepsi, Metro Office Supplies and Namilco renewed their sponsorship during the year at a combined cost of $ 1.4M.
Club Member Esuan Crandon continued to serve Guyana as the senior cricket coach and was also named Assistant Coach for the West Indies female team, while Assad Fudadin played for the Jamaican regional team and Akshay Homraj for the USA at the International level.
The club’s ten cricket teams also completed over 300 personal development activities on their own as club managers insist on doing them every year. The club distributed a total of 8917 food hampers under the Basil Butcher Trust Fund, Covid-19 response program, Lorezao Johnny Memorial Fund and Christmas 2020 Outreach Program. A total of 2000 pounds of cricket and a combined $ 2M worth of face masks, detergents were distributed cleaning, sanitizers plus a large amount of clothing, footwear, educational materials, clocks, electric fans, toys, sports gears for over sixty Non Government Agencies, Public Institutions, Churches, Schools including Williamsburg Health Center, Little Angel Feeding Program , Port Mourant and Mibicuri Public Hospital, Upper Demerara Cricket Association, Corriverton Links Football Club, Berbice Police Stations, St. Francis Catholic Church, Rose Hall. Guyana Town Council and Fire Service.
A combined 213 young cricketers across the country received support from the RHTYSC in the form of cricket gears, bikes, school bags and uniforms. Under a special program – the Lorenzao Johnny Memorial Fund, a total of 200 food hampers were distributed, along with dozens of school bags in memory of the murdered Town Businessman Rose Hall in February, 2020.
Dozens of programs run by the club during the year included National Grade Six Award Scheme, CSEC Award Scheme, Covid-19 Education Program, Naeem Nasir Memorial, DTV-8 Mother of the Year, Walter Nero Father of the Year, Gregory Gaskin Berbice Sports Award, Busta Children’s Mash Parade, Say No to Covid-19 Posters, Tell No to Crime Stickers, Youth Information Booklet, Annual Club Review Magazine, Rose Hall Town Public Beach Cleanup, Major Recovery from Club Office, Tribute to Medical Professionals , Tribute to Retired Teachers, Tribute to Law Enforcement Officers, Tribute to Teachers, Bee Spelling Competition, Essay Competition and Republic Bank School Luggage Program.
The RHTYSC also assisted dozens of sporting organizations especially cricket clubs with cricket balls, score books, trophies, medals, gears, score books and also co-sponsored twelve sporting events including a female football tournament.
During the year, the club celebrated its 30th birthday by holding a wide range of activities during the period 1 August to 31 September. The highlight was honoring long-standing members, always renaming the RHTYSC Cricket X1, Elderly Breakfast, Gregory Gaskin’s Dolphin Award Scheme, Ansa Mcal Excellence Award, Pay It Forward Program and Basil Butcher Trust Fund. The team also assisted six families whose homes were destroyed by fire or natural disaster.
The successful year was completed with a multi-million dollar Outreach Program and the sixth Annual Christmas Village. A total of 1036 food hampers, 5103 Christmas Toys, 500 Special Christmas packages and 300 Elderly breakfasts were among the items shared while a wide range of organizations also received support including three orphanages. Foster cited the hard work and commitment of the executives as the main reason for the club’s success in 2020 along with media support especially NCN, DTV-8, LRTVS, CH 10, NTN, Guyana Chronicle, Guyana Times, Stabroek News, Kaieteur News, Newsroom and CH12. The work of the club would not have been possible without the support of over 400 donors and Foster stated that over ninety percent of them were non-financial supporters.
Particular reference was made to Bakewell, Metro Pepsi, Farfan and Mendes, Namilco, Poonai Pharmacy, DDL, Guyana Beverage, Ansa Mcal, F and H Printery, Nand Persaud Co. Ltd., Modern Optical Services, Panthera’s Solution, CCI, KSM Investment, Len’s Craft, Odyssey Transportation, Edward B Beharry, Andana Homes, Kings Jewelery, Food for the Poor, Star Sports, V-Net Communications, The Gift Center, John Lewis Styles , Bounty Farm, John Fernandes Ltd, Ming’s Product Ltd, GNNL, Bissan Trading, Fitness Express, Trophy Stand, Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh, 4R Bearings, Ministry of Natural Resources, Guyoil, PPDI, Republic Bank, GBTI, Demerara Bank, Mike’s Pharmacy, Small Business Bureau and Go Invest.