The efforts of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC) eight cricket teams to tackle the major problem of suicide among youths in Berbice on Thursday last received a massive boost from retail store, Lucky Dollar.
A three-piece living room suite and an LG DVD player at a combined value of $170,000 were donated to the club for its Anti-Suicide Counseling Room.
The eight cricket teams, RHT Farfan and Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division, Gizmos and Gadgets First Division and Under-21, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate and Metro Female teams, launched a County wide Anti-Suicide Campaign in response to the rapid rise of suicide cases among youths.
This campaign, being undertaken in collaboration with the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Youth Club has among the tools being used to sensitize youths; posters, banners, tee shirts with messages directed to youths, the hosting of cricket tournaments and educational competitions, the airing of anti-suicide television commercials on a daily basis and counseling to troubled youths.
Several youths would have already received counseling to date and RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the suite would be used to provide adequate and comfortable seating accommodation for youths during counseling sessions.
The DVD player would be used to show relevant counseling materials and also in the production of Television commercials and programmes and also for cricket coaching programmes.
One of the major aspects of the Anti-Suicide programme would be training of Peer Leaders for Secondary Schools and Cricket Clubs in Region 6. Foster expressed gratitude to the management of Lucky Dollar for supporting this vital initiative as every youth and life, Guyana’s most important asset, is worth saving.
Foster assured the company that every effort would be made to save every youth in need of assistance. The players will also encourage youths to Say No to Suicide and Drugs and Yes to Education.
Manager of Lucky Dollar, Rose Hall Branch, Ms. Triciea Persaud informed that her company was delighted to assist the Anti-Suicide Counseling Programme as it was fully aware of the problem in Berbice. The programme she stated was very important and even if one life was saved, it was worth the effort. Ms. Persaud congratulated the cricket teams for their wonderful efforts.
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