By Franklin Wilson
The ongoing battle with the global Covid-19 Pandemic continues to have devastating effects on the well-being of many from a spiritual, physical and social standpoint. As we follow the news worldwide of the depredation that the coronavirus has brought we are made more and more aware of the suffering millions of people have to endure in order to survive the impact of the virus.
Guyanese are not insulated from this deadly disease but many can be thankful that relatives and even friends have been chipping in to alleviate some of the burdens brought on by the pandemic, especially from a social perspective.
It is from this point of view that many former Pele Football Club players living in the Diaspora pooled their resources to bring cheer and relief to one-hundred (100) of their counterparts here, past and present.
Current Pele Football Club (PFC) President Dirk Exeter and other executive members spearheaded the distribution drive and handed over the food hampers on Independence Day at Durban Park, following the strict guidelines of social distancing.
The hampers which contained twenty (20) items, including a face mask, brought broad smiles to the faces of the recipients, Exeter disclosed whilst heaping praises on the past players in the Diaspora for their largesse.
“We at the Pele FC in Guyana are very appreciative of this humanitarian gesture from the past players in the Diaspora who would have built the foundation for the club which we now enjoy. It is no doubt that may persons are feeling the effects of the lockdown and the fact that monies are not as free flowing as when the situation is normal.So that this wonderful initiative which is so timely has brought tremendous relief to so many families and their dependants at this critical time; all the Pele players on our register, juniors, seniors and master as well as two of the Pele Alumni Scholarship students received the one hundred hampers.”
Exeter further noted that most of the recipients who came were floored by the amount of items that made up the hamper and had to summon taxis to get back home. He shared that many of the junior players had to call their parents to come for them as they could not carry the hampers on their own.
“As fast as they came we first presented them with their face masks and handed them their hampers right away so as to ensure that we did not have a large gathering at any one time. All the recipients expressed gratitude to the players in the Diaspora for the tangible love they have showcased once again. This effort from them would long be remembered.”
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