Apr 14, 2022 Sports
Clubs and schools to benefit soon…
Kaieteur News – Dozens of young and promising youth cricketers in the ancient county of Berbice last weekend benefitted from donation of cricket gears from the Berbice Cricket Board organized Cricket Kindness project. The youths were drawn from across the county and were selected by their respective clubs based on their discipline, attitude and need for cricket gears.
The presentation was done in the compound of the St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church and was done via a transparent system supervised by BCB President Hilbert Foster, Secretary Angela Haniff, Public Relations Officer Jonathan Rampersaud and executives members Gregory Crandon and Narine Deonarine.
Foster stated that the project actually started in late 2020 when former England test player Roland Butcher contacted him to inform him that he was submitting the BCB’s name for assistance to a group named Cricket Kindness for possible assistance in the form of cricket gears. He disclosed that the head of the organization Ms. Tamara Lowe requested a comprehensive proposal which was submitted by the BCB.
Cricket Kindness is an England based charity organization that assists clubs, youth players and schools with cricket gears. The group works along with a wide range of former test players like Butcher, Chris Lewis, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Gordon Greenidge and Sir Richie Richardson among others to gather support and funds to make its operation successful. The group receives gear on an annual basis from supporters across the United Kingdom, especially current players, schools and cricket teams. Foster, hailed Ms. Lowe for her dedication to the effort of making a possible difference in the Caribbean with countries like Barbados, St Kitts and Antigua benefitting in the past from millions of dollars worth of cricket gears.
Cricketing legends Richards and Greenidge were recently involved in Cricket Kindness programmes in Antigua and Barbados respectively.
Special thanks were extended to the management and staff of ECU Worldwide for their assistance in getting the much-needed gears moved from England to Guyana free of cost. Thanks were also extended to Minister Charles Ramson and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for their support in getting the gears duty free in the country. The BCB also expressed thanks to Mr. Carl Griffith and team from Laparkan for their cooperation and support.
Among the gears distributed were bats, batting gloves and pads, wicketkeeping gloves, helmets, forearm guard, chest pads and thigh pads. Six clubs across the county also received white cricket uniforms for junior members. Eighteen members of the Berbice under15 teams also received colored t-shirts under the projects. Sixteen youths also carried home cricket boots. The distribution would continue on Sunday 24th of April during the BCB Annual Awards Ceremony with several schools and clubs with youth sections receiving gears to assist in their cricket development programmes.
The players and representatives of the clubs all expressed thanks to Ms Tamara Lowe, Cricket Kindness and ECU Worldwide for their assistance and pledged to take care of the cricket gears. Among the clubs that the players were drawn from Bush lot United, Achievers, Cotton Tree, Bath, Albion, Guymine, Albion, Port Mourant, RHTYSC, Skeldon, Radha Krishna, No 73 Young Warriors, Line Path and Scottsburg.
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