Jul 18, 2008 News
ROSEHALL TOWN, CORENTYNE – Two overseas-based Guyanese on Wednesday donated some $600,000 towards the establishment of the fire station at Rose Hall Town, Corentyne.
Businessman Dave Balgobin, formerly of Bush Lot Village, Corentyne, who now resides in the United States of America, handed over a cheque for $500,000 to representatives of the Central Chamber of Commerce.
“After hearing of the efforts of the Central Corentyne Chamber, I decided to support this worthy cause.”
Head of the New Jersey Arya Samaj, Pandit Sugrim, in collaboration with the Guyana Central Arya Samaj Humanitarian Mission handed over $100,000 for the said project. This gesture was another aspect of the 2008 Humanitarian Mission.
“Though I no longer live in Guyana, the well being of the people I left behind is always of concern to me and the members of our Mission. The Humanitarian Mission is honoured to assist the Chamber in getting the long awaited fire station for our people here on the Corentyne,” Pandit Sugrim said.
Both Mr. Balgobin and Pandit Sugrim also made pledges to solicit more funds for the project upon their return to the United States.
President of the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce, Bhigroog Poonai, lauded the donors for their gesture.
“We are indeed grateful to both Mr. Balgobin and to the Humanitarian Mission for their benevolence. Their kindness has taken us a step closer to realizing our dream of having a fire station here in Rose Hall Town. This facility, though based here in Rose Hall, is expected to serve any area in need.”
Mr. Poonai indicated that his organization is prepared to work in tandem with the Humanitarian Mission as they strive towards making life easier for those in need. “
We applaud them for the job they have been doing over the past few years and we encourage them to keep the good work up.” In March this year consolidation work on the site to house the fire station got started. To date the material has been acquired to fence off the boundaries of the 144 by 52 plot of land which is situated to the rear of the Rose Hall Police Outpost.
Revetment work on the site is to commence shortly.
The building is to be erected by the stakeholders, namely the Chamber of Commerce and the Interim Management Committee, and other well wishers.
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