SIS provide cricket treat for children’s homes

Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - Sponsors of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Super Industrial Services (SIS), proudly hosted several children and caretakers of the Ezekiel Home for Abandoned Children and the El Shaddai Restoration Home at two Caribbean Premier League matches at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, recently.

With cricket fever throughout the Caribbean, SIS made it possible for the children to witness the inaugural CPLT20 live at the Red Steel’s home-base. 

On August 11, the children of the El Shaddai Home in Gasparillo were among the thousands who celebrated a magnificent one-run victory by the Red Steel over the Antigua Hawksbills. 

“This was the first time that these kids got to experience a cricket match at the Oval, and we were so humbled to be able to share in that experience,” explained Jamie Aleong-Charles, special events coordinator at SIS. 

“It was unbelievable to see how enthralled these kids were with not just the atmosphere, but with the players themselves. Many couldn’t believe how close they were to icons that they previously only watched on television or read about in the papers,” she added. 

One week later, SIS opted to host the Ezekiel Home for Abandoned Children at the Red Steel versus Jamaica Tallawahs clash. Even though the hosts lost this encounter by three wickets to the Tallawahs, the children visibly enjoyed themselves and also spent some time with former West Indian cricketers. 

West Indian legend and former fast bowler, Ian Bishop came by and greeted the members of the Ezekiel Home and presented a hamper. “I could not believe what I was seeing!” said Sylvia Pierre, one of the caretakers from the Home. “This was a once in a lifetime experience for us and we are very grateful for SIS and the kind folks of the CPL for making this possible for us.” 

Again on Sunday, Barbados Tridents coach Desmond Haynes spent some time with the children of the El Shaddai Restoration Home before the start of the game even though his team was on the losing end in the earlier match that day. 

“This is nothing new for us,” explained SIS marketing manager Darren Debideen. “SIS maintained a pronounced presence in numerous communities for many years and has supported various Homes for Children and the Elderly, schools, and many other NGO’s and CBO’s as part of our ongoing commitment to being a socially responsible company. This is something that we wanted to do for a while and the CPL provided the perfect opportunity to bring it to fruition. Because of this, we have to say a special thanks to the folks of the Trinidad CPL for making the arrangements with these Homes a possibility.” 

For further information on the Ezekiel Home for Abandoned Children you can contact 321-0406, 787-3587 and for the El Shaddai Restoration Home you can contact 620-7206 or Jamie Aleong-Charles at SIS at 636-3656. 

First Published In The Trinidad & Tobago Newsday.

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 11:04