Jun 22, 2021 Sports
– Danesh Challitar honoured as BCB Brian Ramphal Father of the Year 2021
The Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) last week continued its historic Grounds Enhancement Programme by distributing a total of sixteen grass cutters to clubs in the West Berbice, New Amsterdam /Canje and Lower Corentyne areas.
The BCB had earlier in June launched the special project by handing over five grass cutters to the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association as the pro active cricket board strives to expand its off the cricket field activities in the absence of cricket tournaments due to the covid 19 pandemic.
BCB President Hilbert Foster and Secretary Angela Haniff met with the clubs at three specially arranged ceremonies to hand over the cutters and to urge them to take proper care of the equipment. Noting that the board was investing heavily into their development, Foster stated that management at the club level needs to be more responsible and more accountable.
The Grass Enhancement project, the BCB President noted was in response to the regular complaint that clubs have no access to grass cutting equipment and most times were unable to properly prepare their venues. The BCB, he stated hopes to restart its cricket season in August after the current rainy season is over and express confidence that the cutters would play a major role in assisting clubs to prepare for the start of the season.
He advised them that they have to share the cutters with other clubs and to make sure that they are used for the intended purpose and not for any private work. Among the clubs benefiting were Achievers CC, Bath CC, Cotton Tree CC, Bush Lot United, Edinburgh, East Bank Blazers, Tucber Park, Rose Hall Canje, Kendall Union, Whim, Port Mourant, RHTYSC, Fyrish and Kildonan.
The BCB has to date bought and shared out twenty one of the cutters and Foster committed to obtaining several more before the start of the season. Special thanks were extended to overseas based donor Dr Tulsi Dyal Singh for his continued assistance to the BCB, Jason Sripal of J Supermarket and Kris Jagdeo for their assistance towards the project, the first of its kind in the history of the BCB.
Meanwhile, the board continued its packed list of activities by honoring Dhanesh Challitar of the Upper Corentyne area as its Brian Ramphal Father of the Year 2021. Mr Challitar is the father of a youth cricketer from the area and is highly respected for his outstanding work to develop the game in the Crab Wood Creek area. Vice President of the UCCA, Sydney Jackman stated the sub association was very proud of the fact that both mother and father of the year awardees for the BCB were residents of the area and highlighted the emphasis that the board was placing in the development of cricket in Upper Corentyne.
He congratulated Challitar on his achievement and urged him to continue been a role model parent and mentor to every youth he works with. An emotional Challitar stated that he was humbled to be honoured and committed himself to the continued development of the game in Berbice. The greatest achievement in life, he noted a man can achieve is to mould his children into productive members of society, while been their role model and mentor.
Executives of the UCCA led by President Dennis D’Andrade handed over the award which included a framed certificate of excellence, a medal of excellence and two special prizes. The programme was sponsored by long time BCB Sponsor Brian Ramphal.
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