Independence Day T20 $1M profit distributed by BCB & BCC&DA
The Organising Committee of the recently held Independence Twenty20 Cup tournament, on Wednesday last handed over the profits of the event to several organisations and clubs in Berbice.
The tournament was a joint project of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and the Berbice Chambers of Commerce and Development Association (BCC&DA) and despite being badly affected by heavy rain the organisers were able to rake in a profit of over One Million dollars.
Chairman of the BCB Special Events Committee Hilbert Foster who had proposed the tournament to the BCC&DA during a joint meeting with the Board at the presentation ceremony stated that the activity would become an annual event on Independence Day and funds raised would be used for cricket development and charity.
Organising Committee Chairman Anil Beharry, who presented a comprehensive report of the activity and finances, listed the names of the sponsors while stating that the sport was at a very high standard and the Board was determined to raise finances via fundraising events to undertake more developmental programmes and not to totally depend on sponsors.
BCC&DA President Imran Saccoor complimented the Organising Committee for the work they did stating that the Chamber was pleased to be associated with the BCB which has been committed to the promotion and development of cricket in the Ancient County.
Saccoor informed that the business organisation was determined to follow in the Board’s footsteps and to make a positive difference in the lives of youths and the less fortunate. BCB Competition Committee Chairman Carl Moore who spoke on behalf of the BCB called on the different organisations to use the funds for the intended purposes and pledged the Board’s continued cooperation in assisting other NGOs and clubs to fulfill their respective mandates.
The BCB and the BCC each received $325,000, while the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club and the Young Warriors Cricket Clubs received $100,000 each.
Next year, two other first division clubs will benefit under the assistance programme. Fifty thousand was handed over to the Albion Community Centre to assist in the painting of the Commentary booth at the Albion Ground, while journalist Sean Devers also received $50,000 to assist in his medical expenses.
The Canaan Full Gospel and the Children of Promise Orphanages each collected $30,000 worth of groceries to assist their respective feeding programmes.
Three cricket clubs – Rising Star of Korthberaadt, No. 45 of Central Corentyne and No. 71 of Upper Corentyne each received a box of cricket balls worth $10,000 to assist them towards competing in the BCB’s Under-17 tournaments.
It was disclosed that the Board will utalise its share of the $325,000 to host Coaching programmes across Berbice and also for its junior and senior elite training activities.