The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club in conjunction with its cricket teams,
Edward B. Beharry Co. Ltd, the Guyana Police Force ‘B’ Division and the Region 6 Ministry of Education Department on Friday last launched a massive “Say No to Drugs/Suicide and Say Yes to Education/Sports Campaign. The campaign targets all the Primary and Secondary Schools in Region 6 along with the Technical Institutes, the Guysuco Training Centre and several Berbice organisations like the Berbice Cricket Board, the St. Francis Community Developers and the Berbice Volleyball Federation.
The Campaign was launched with 800 students marching with members of the Guyana Police Force and the RHTYSC from Hampshire to the Head Office of the St. Francis Community Developers in Portuguese Quarter, Port Mourant. Each of the schools had a Say No to Drugs banner and students held up specially made placards promoting the theme of the campaign while to the excitement of numerous onlookers who shouted out words of advice to youths along the parade route. Region 6 Vice Chairman Bhoopaul Jagroop, Police Commander Christopher Griffith and Senior Secondary Education Officer Claude Johnson and Selestina La Rose along with Beharry’s Marketing Manager Satesh Singh took the salute at the march past.
Secretary/CEO of the RHTYSC Hilbert Foster, in giving a comprehensive report on the campaign, stated that the main aim is to get youths across the region to stay away from
Satan and his evil ways of Drugs, Crime and Suicide, while encouraging them to stay in school to obtain an educational background.
The campaign also aims to encourage youths to get involved in sports and culture as an alternative to a life on the streets. Each of the schools received a 5’ x 3’ banner, posters for every classroom and several copies of a specially prepared 40 pages youth booklet which contain vital information for youths on topics like HIV/Aids, Drug Abuse, Public Manners, Table Manners, Peer Pressure, Teenage Pregnancy, Public Speaking and the Importance of Religion. West Indies and Guyana Junior Players of the RHTYSC – Erva Giddings, Assad Fudadin, Royston Crandon, Esuan Crandon, Khemraj Mahadeo, Shemaine Campbelle, Shaun Perriera, Plaffina Millington, Brandon Prashad and Akshay Homraj appeared on the posters, booklets and banners as the positive role model for the campaign.
The long-serving Secretary/CEO , Hilbert Foster expressed gratitude to Mrs. Anjuli Beharry – Strand and Vishal Hemchand of the Beharry Group, Commander Griffith and Asst. Supt. Brown of the Guyana Police Force and the Ministry of Education Region 6 Department for their cooperation and disclosed that the second segment of the campaign would include the hosting of sporting and educational competitions for schools.
Beharry Group of Companies Marketing Manager Satesh Singh stated that his company was delighted to be associated with the programme as part of its corporate responsibilities. He urged youths to listen to the advice of their seniors and urged them to follow their educational and sporting ambitions in an effort to fulfill their full potentials. Commander Griffith, who recently was appointed to head the ‘B’ Division, urged the attentive youths to stay away from crime, to develop a culture of hard work, honesty and to be role model citizens of Guyana.
Regional Vice Chairman Jagroop, School Welfare Officer Golika Jai Kishun and Senior Educational Officer Selestina La Rose also addressed the capacity gathering. The launching also featured cricketers of the RHTYSC, Members of the Guyana Police Force and the students all pledging to be a positive role model and to work harder to get rid of drugs, crime and suicide, while promoting the value of education and sports. The cricket teams involved in organizing the programme are the RHT Farfan and Mendes Under 15, Pepsi Under 19 and Intermediate, Bakewell Under 17 and Second Division, Metro Females and Gizmos and Gadgets First Division teams.
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