Digicel football transforms Kamarang community into spectacular showpiece
By Rawle Welch
The community of Kamarang situated in Region 7 (Upper Mazaruni / Cuyuni) was transformed into a Carnival like atmosphere when the regional final between Waramadong and Bartica was contested on Friday, at the Kamarang Recreational Centre.
Attended by influential members of the Region including Chairman Gordon Bradford, Education Officer Lemuel Thomas, Member of Parliament Dawn Hastings, the residents that hailed from other far flung sections of the community first enjoyed a well organized cultural presentation from students as well as an exhibition match that featured Under-13 teams from Kamarang and Jawalla shortly before the marquee matchup.
Also enjoying the scene were Digicel’s Events and Sponsorship Manager Gavin Hope and Guyana Football Federation (GFF) representative Keith O’Jeer and they both expressed delight at the organizational skills and the massive community outpouring which saw over 2,000 persons in attendance from a wide cross section of the Region.
Bradford, who resides in Bartica speaking specifically in his capacity of Chairman, said that he was extremely heartened and encouraged by the work done by the Organising Committee that put together such an impressive ceremony which preceded the feature game, adding that the spirit shown by the residents is solid proof that the Digicel representative could take back to his Company about the community’s support should they bring the network to Kamarang and other adjoining areas within the Region.
He challenged Hope to implore on his superiors to do the necessary study to examine whether the Company could somehow get the service up and running in Region 7 since he is optimistic that they will enjoy overwhelming support from the residents.
Hope in his remarks opened by saying that he was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the occasion and felt very welcomed by the residents.
“I can assure you here today, from what I’ve witnessed, the massive support that you’ve given us is noted and it will serve to strengthen the relationship between you and Digicel and I promise you that providing the technical research is done and it is proven that we could provide the service we will do so,” Hope stated.
Hope told the residents that his Company is all about improving the lives of the people, adding that from all that he has witnessed Digicel is right on target in achieving its stated objectives and will continue to do so, especially among the youths at all levels.
He commended the Organisers for doing a splendid job in putting on such an impressive show and even went as far as to say that sometime in the future Digicel will have to look seriously at staging either a semi-final or even a final in the Region.
Also giving remarks was Member of Parliament Dawn Hastings, who immediately expressed delight at being afforded the opportunity to share in the historic the occasion and to participate in the kickoff.
She then thanked Digicel for offering their support to the community which she too pointed out will go a far way in strengthening the relationship between the two parties.
Regional Education Officer Lemuel Thomas in his presentation assured Hope that the community will always remember what Digicel has done within their community.
“They’ve been very supportive to us and are always ready to make an impact in our lives whether it is through sports or social activities and for this we are extremely grateful,” Thomas said.
Meanwhile, the exhibition game provided the GFF scout the opportunity to witness the abundant talent that resides within the Region.