The cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club with the support of the Bank of Nova Scotia last weekend hosted a highly successful Say No to Suicide Children Mash Parade along the Corentyne Highway. The parade attracted close to 700 participants drawn from ten schools and the membership of the RHTYSC Cricket teams and Over 35 Group.
The Parade was organised by the Rose Hall Town Farfan and Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17 and Second Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intimidate, Metro Female and Gismos and Gadgets First Division and under-23 cricket teams, while the schools that took part in the parade were Lower Corentyne Secondary, Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary, New Amsterdam Multilateral, J.C. Chandisingh Secondary, Belvedere Primary, Rose Hall Town Primary, Port Mourant Primary, Tain Primary and Rose Hall Town Nursery.
The colourful and quite lively parade started in front of the Anamayah Law Firm office at Hampshire and revellers were accompanied by loud musical entertainment. The large band of revellers promoted the Say No to Suicide message via colour costumes and floats, Coloured T/Shirts with Slogans and placards. Members of the RHTYSC Cricket teams attired in a special “Say No to Suicide” T/Shirt and promoted the “Say Yes to Sports” message to youths. The Cricketers also displayed numerous trophies the club has won over the years. A specially decorated float was also constructed by the Cricketers to advise youths to stay away from a life of crime and to stay in school and obtain an educational background.
Secretary/CEO of the RHTYSC, Hilbert Foster hailed the Say No to Suicide Parade as a complete success and noted that all of its objectives were achieved. He expressed gratitude to the Bank of Nova Scotia and its Marketing Executive, MS. Jennifer Cipriani for sponsoring the Parade.
The long serving Secretary/CEO in brief remarks after the parade, advised the attentive school children that life is god’s gift to humanity and should be cherished as we have only one innings to bat. Suicide, he stated was a permanent solution to a temporary problem and encouraged youths to seek advice from their parents, teachers, religious leaders or professional counsellors in moments of doubts.
The RHTYSC, he stated would continue to work to make a positive difference in the lives of youths, the elderly and less fortunate.
The large gathering was entertained by a cultural session after the Parade at the Area ‘H’ Ground. Lower Corentyne Secondary School was the best school on parade by a panel of judges headed by Veteran Television Editor Gregory Rambarran.
New Amsterdam Secondary copped with 2nd prize, while Rose Hall Town Primary took 3rd place prize.
The management of the RHTYSC would like to express their appreciation to the Guyana Beverage Company Inc, Spready’s Snackette, Ministry of Education Region 6 Department, the Guyana Police Force, Bobby and Sons Boutique, Crown Vibes Printery, LRTVS CH10 and DTV8 for the role they played in making the event a success.
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