Beverage giant, Ansa McAl has once again come on board with the now popular annual fundraiser of the Young Warriors Cricket Club of Cumberland, East Canje, Berbice – Mash Cup 2016.
At a simple presentation ceremony held recently, Imran Khan, marketing representative of the Berbice area, handed over the sponsorship cheque to Hubern Evans, Senior Coach of the club. Khan said that his company is proud to be associated with the cricket club, which has over the years produced many outstanding cricketers with the latest being current West Indies under-19 captain Shimron Hetmyer, who is in Bangladesh for the Youth World Cup. Hetmyer is also a senior national opener. He continued by commending the club for providing opportunities for the young people in the Canje area. He also praised the club for the level of accountability they have shown over the years.
Evans in reply, thanked the company for coming on board once again after providing support for every tournament since its inception. He said that despite the challenges faced, the club continues to march forward. He emphasized that Ansa McAl is one of the biggest sponsor of the annual fund raiser over the years. He called on other businesses and private individuals to follow suit. Evans warned that the pattern of crimes these days involve many youths. As such, it is important to keep them off the streets and sport is a major way of doing so. The club over the years has helped to keep many young boys off the street and got them constructively engaged, with many enjoying a better life for themselves and families. He reiterated the club’s motto of “Striving for excellence through cricket and education”.
This event will form part of Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebration with proceeds going towards further improvements to the club’s facilities and day to day running. In addition, funds will be allocated to three schools in the No 19 to Gangaram area.
The tournament will be played on Tuesday February 23, 2016, a national holiday and will involve ten second division teams from the area. It will be five overs a side with no first division cricketer allowed. Top clubs such as Canje Pathfinders, Betsy Ground Triple Stars, Kendall’s Union A, Rose Hall Community Center and the host are expected to take part. Incentives with the value of over $100,000 will be up for grabs with lots of gate prizes on offer for the fans.
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