May 02, 2022 Sports
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The Berbice Cricket Board as part of its ongoing cricket developmental programme handed over a large amount of cricket gears to several clubs in the Ancient County under its Cricket Kindness Project. The presentation was done during the BCB gala Brian Ramphal Awards Ceremony at the St. Francis Community Developers Training Centre in Rose Hall Town.
The presentation was done by cricket legends Sir Andy Roberts and Roland Butcher, who both serve as ambassadors for the England based cricket charity organization Cricket Kindness.
President of the Berbice Cricket Board, Hilbert Foster disclosed that in late 2020, he was approached by Butcher, who wanted his blessings to submit the BCB’s name to Ms. Tamara J. Lowe of Cricket Kindness for a donation of cricket gears. Foster readily agreed and later submitted a comprehensive project document to Ms. Lowe.
Cricket Kindness agreed to assist the county but the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic slowed down plans but a shipment eventually left England in late 2021. The shipment included a large collection of bats, batting pad, batting gloves, wicket keeping pads, wicket keeping gloves, cricket boots and uniforms among others. The BCB, several weeks ago, assisted seventy-two youth cricketers with personal gears via a transparent raffle system. The players were selected by their respective clubs and sub associations.
Among the clubs benefitting from the donations were Achievers, Cotton Tree, Mt. Sinai, Tucber Park, Rose Hall Canje, Guymine, Scottsburg, Radha Krishna and Skeldon. Among the items donated were bats, batting pads, helmets, batting gloves, thigh pads and fore arm guards.
Cricket Kindness is based in England and is the brainchild of Australia born Tamara Lowe, a passionate lover of the game. The Charity group receives donation of gears from across England and the gears are then shipped to countries in the Caribbean like Barbados, Antigua and St. Kitts. This is the first time that Guyana has benefitted. Foster expressed the BCB’s gratitude to Ms. Lowe and her band of sports ambassadors which includes Chris Lewis, Roland Butcher, Sir Andy Roberts, Sir Richie Richardson and Sir IVA Richards.
Special thanks were also made to Minister of Sports Charles Ramson Jnr and the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports for their assistance in obtaining duty free concessions from the Guyana Revenue Authority. The BCB also expressed thanks to the Management of ECU Worldwide for shipping the gears from England to Guyana free of cost and also to Carl Griffith of Laparkan.
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