Six cricketers benefit from Western Union, RHTY&SC junior ambassador programme
Guyana Times article.
Georgetown, Guyana - Six young cricketers from the Ancient County have benefited from Western Union’s Junior Cricketer Ambassador Programme, which was renewed on Tuesday.
At a presentation ceremony at Western Union’s office on Water Street, the six cricketers: Daniel Lewis, Akshay Homraj Shimar Flats, Kevelon Anderson, Plafinna Millington and Shebika Gabjani were presented with a quantity of equipment to aid their development.
According to Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC, Hilbert Foster, the company has been supporting the initiative since 2009. This year the company has injected in excess of $500,000 worth of cricket gear into the programme.
Each player will receive a bat, batting pads and gloves, a helmet, a cricket equipment bag and a set of uniforms.
Foster said, “We at the management level of the club strongly believe in the development of youths, and as such, great effort is made to develop our cricketers at all levels, be it educational, personal or on the cricket field. We want our cricketers to be positive role models to every youth they meet and also to be perfect ambassadors for every team they are given the opportunity to represent.”
Foster added that all the beneficaries of this year’s programme have all excelled in their sporting endeavours over the past years.
“Your contribution has enabled Motie to represent the West Indies Under-19 [team] while it has also played a major role in ensuring that Pereira, Loyden Lewis, Daniel Lewis, Millington and Linden Austin played for Guyana. Motie and Pereira have also played for the senior Berbiec team.
“This year’s investment is extra special because of the involvement of two young, promising female cricketers who are following in the footsteps of our national sportswoman of the year 2013, Shemaine Campbell,” Foster related.
Foster said the young cricketers of the county have benefited tremendously under the programme, noting that the RHTY&SC is grateful for Western Union’s continued involvement.
Speaking on behalf of the company was Marketing Manager, Natheeah Mendonca, who said Western Union is proud to have aided the young cricketers’ development over the past years.
“We are proud of the RHTY&SC for the work they have been doing and you the young cricketers we know that our investment is not in vain. We have seen the benefits of investing in you over the years and we are very happy that we can assist in your development. We are here to help you guys and we are proud that we can help you to grow and do well in your cricketing endeavours,” Mendonca told the young recipients.
While the initiative targets players from the RHTY&SC, this year the club has included a player (Simar Flats) from the Blairmont Cricket Club.
Each year, Western Union injects hundreds of thousands of dollars into the programme, which is being used by the RHTY&SC to mould the next generation of cricketers with the aim of having them represent Berbice, Guyana and ultimately, the West Indies.