Oct 17, 2021 Sports
The long serving Office Assistant of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) would soon be moving into a new home, compliments of a joint initiative between the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club MS, BCB and Vitality Inc. of Providence, East Bank Demerara.
Ruthel Henry’s dream for over two decades was to have her own home so that she and her youngest son Xavier can live in comfort. Ms. Henry recalled that she had approached BCB President Hilbert Foster in 2018 when he was elected and he had promised to assist her to raise some funds to construct a one bedroom home.
Foster had raised a substantial amount of money but a life threatening medical condition resulted in the funds being used to save Henry’s life. Despite the setback, Foster recommitted to seek ways to construct the home by the end of 2021.
Mr. Sureain Sawh, an overseas based Guyanese and Principal of Vitality Inc. was approached for assistance and he along with the other Directors of the company readily agreed to Foster request. Vitality Inc. is a US 10M investment in Guyana by overseas Guyanese and offering services ranging from providing equipment needed to service the oil industry to consultancy and strategic planning.
It hopes to employ over 40 Guyanese and to establish other departments in an environmentally friendly waste management facility, accounting and medical testing. The 20f x 28f house would contain two bedrooms, a living room and kitchen along with wash room facilities.
Foster is confident that the home would be completed for the family to move in before the festive season and expressed thanks to the management of the company for their generous contribution including Sawh, Abbas Hamid, Simon Kandial and Matt Averkamp.
The BCB President and RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO who is also a Director of Cricket West Indies stated that he was delighted that Ms. Henry would have the keys soon to her new home and committed himself to making sure that the home is fully furnished after it is completed.
He stated that the BCB and RHTY&SC were both committed to making a positive difference in the lives of persons involved in the game who need assistance.
Foster disclosed that since 2018, his administration had assisted clubs and players with over fifteen million dollars of items as part of its outreach programme. An emotional Henry stated that she was overjoyed at the start of the construction and expressed thanks to the BCB and RHTY&SC along with Vitality Inc. for making her dream become a reality.
She noted that Foster is a very compassionate leader who cares a lot for the people around him and that the BCB President leads by example but most importantly, is a man of his words. She recommitted herself to the development of Berbice cricket and pledged to work even harder to make sure that the current high standards are upheld.
Vitality Inc. is an official sponsor of both of the BCB and RHTY&SC. The company earlier this year donated over $1.4M worth of cricket gears to clubs in Berbice while it has also sponsored a cricket tournament for teams in Upper Corentyne. The company is also the official sponsor of the RHTY&SC Vitality Under-23 team.
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