Sep 18, 2009 Sports
Despite tough current economic times, some corporate entities refuse to shirk their moral responsibilities and continue to support sports initiatives, regardless.
Maybe these entities recognize the concomitant benefits to be had by the soliciting sportsmen/women. Yesterday morning, members of the Holland Enterprise Promotions group as well as those from the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) received sponsorship checks from several business entities to assist with respective promotions.
At around 09:30hrs yesterday morning, President of the GASP, Moen Gafoor along with another executive member, Leon Belony, accepted a sizeable check from the proprietor of Hardware Emporium to offset the expenses for local scrabble queen, Abigail McDonald’s trip to the World Scrabble championships later this year.
Director of Hardware Emporium, Michael Bhaichandeen personally presented the check beseeching McDonald to do practice diligently for the championships. He further urged the top word former to compete fiercely so that she could cart off the top accolade and in the process do Guyana proud. Mr. Gafoor extended gratitude on behalf of his association and assured Mr. Bhaichandeen that his assistance would go a far way towards McDonald’s participation.
Gafoor further informed media operatives that the printers have assured him that the raffle tickets for the GASP raffle would be ready by this weekend. He is subsequently appealing to all sports loving Guyanese to support the fund raising venture. Already several corporate entities have committed to lucrative prizes and this morning furniture giant, Courts, is expected to hand over an IEM 6.6 CUFT fridge to executives of GASP. This item would go towards the first prize in the raffle.
Subsequently, GASP executives visited the offices of Demerara Fire and General Insurance Company Ltd, Robb Street, Georgetown. There, Mr. Gafoor collected another check from company representative, Juanita Allen and Public Relations Officer, Majorie Chester.
Speaking on behalf of the company, moments after the handing over ceremony, Ms. Allen reaffirmed her company’s commitment to the development of local sports personalities. She wished McDonald well and urged her to be a true ambassador. “We are indeed proud that a Guyanese can rise to such heights and represent this country at such a prestigious tournament,” Ms. Allen added.
Meanwhile, the press was very busy trailing behind the promoters of the Shondell Alfred/Corrine DeGroot world title fight set for the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) next weekend as they visited several business enterprises to collect sponsorship checks. One of the promoters, Carwyn Holland collected on behalf of the promotions groups. Popular Guyanese cricket all rounder, Lennox Cush donated tangibly to the cause on behalf of his business entity, Star Party Rental.
He said that he was indeed delighted to contribute in view of the fact that Holland is doing all of Guyana a service by staging a world championship bout on local soil. He said that as a sportsman he recognizes the challenges faced by sports organizers as they attempt to promote local stalwarts. “I would like to encourage other corporate entities to get on board and support this venture since all Guyana stands to benefit eventually,” Cush said.
In response, Holland told Cush that he is indeed grateful for the donation. He urged all Guyanese to support the local cricketer since he (Cush) has signaled an intention to render future support.
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