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RHTY&SC, NAMILCO launch massive book distribution to schools

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Thousands of school children, drawn from 30 Secondary and Primary Schools, children orphanages and less fortunate students, would receive free exercise books under a ‘Say No to Suicide’ programme organised by the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS (RHTY&SC, MS)and sponsored by the National Milling Company (NAMILCO).

Thirteen thousand (13,000) exercise books, which were printed locally, was hand over by representatives of NAMILCO, Miss World Guyana Vena Mookram, and Marketing Consultant, Affeeze Khan, to RHTY&SC, MS President Keith Foster on Friday last during an impressive ceremony at the St. Francis Community Developers Training Centre.

Club Secretary/CEO, Hilbert Foster, stated that the management of the RHTY&SC, MS in May 2017 paid an official visit to NAMILCO and an approval for the exercise books programme was given immediately.

He explained that the main objectives of the exercise book programme were to reach thousand of youths in the educational system, to promote the importance of ‘Saying No to Suicide’ and promoting the message that life is worth living despite some minor problems. The 80-page exercise books carry messages for youths on suicide, choosing friends, crime, the importance of education, drug abuse and religion.

The exercise books would be distributed to the following schools by the eight cricket teams of the RHTYSC, MS: Line Path Secondary, Skeldon High, Tagore Memorial, Central Corentyne High, Black Bush Secondary, Winifred Gaskin Secondary, Manchester High, Corentyne Comprehensive, Port Mourant Secondary, J.C. Chandisingh Secondary, Lower Corentyne Secondary, Canje Secondary, Berbice High School, Vryman’s Erven Secondary, Berbice Educational Institute, New Amsterdam Secondary and Tutorial Academy. Thirteen Primary Schools including Rose Hall Town, Port Mourant, Belvedere, Cropper, Albion, Sheet Anchor and Tain.  

Foster hailed the relationship between the RHTY&SC, MS and NAMILCO as special and noted that together they have made a positive difference in the lives of youths, the elderly and less fortunate. Special mention was made of CEO Bert Sukhai, Finance Controller Fitzroy McLeod and Affeeze Khan of NAMILCO for their tireless efforts to make the project a reality.

Marketing Consultant of NAMILCO, Affeeze Khan, hailed the project as a well-organised and much-needed one for youths and stated that the company was pleased to be associated with it. He expressed confidence that the positive messages would be well received by students across Berbice.

Miss World Guyana, Vena Mookram, speaking in her capacity as a representative of NAMILCO, adviced the large gathering of RHTY&SC, MS members, teachers and student to always strive to live a healthy lifestyle, stressing the need for proper eating habits and physical fitness in order to defeat diseases such as diabetes.

The Queen also advised youths to cherish life and to always remember that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Miss Mookram also committed to making Guyana proud when she walks on the Miss World stage in China later this year. 

Representatives of the schools and the Region Six Education Department all expressed gratitude to the club and the company for the donation of the ‘Say No to Suicide’ exercise books. The messages in the books, they noted, would be of a massive assistance to the students.

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