RHTY&SC cricket teams host biggest-ever Christmas Village, charity programme
The 10 cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS, during the period December 10-28, 2018, were involved in several major activities to make a positive difference during the festive season.
The teams, under the supervision of Assistant Secretary/CEO, Simon Naidu, organised the fourth annual Christmas Village and the 28th annual Christmas Charity Programme.
The Christmas Village was held from December 21-24 in the compound of the Rose Hall Town Primary School. The cricket teams transformed the entire compound of the school into a dreamland for the estimated 8,000 children and adults who visited the Village over the four days.
The Village included two Nativity Scene, 20-foot Christmas Tree, a Christmas Chimney, Christmas Star, Santa and his Sleigh, The Christmas Home, 15 large Christmas inflatable characters, outdoor tents, Computer Games, Horror House, Children Games, Photo Studio, two bouncy castles and trampolines.
Naidu stated the objectives of the Village, which were to promote the true tradition of Christmas, promoting social cohesion, attracting visitors to Guyana’s smallest Township and providing a safe environment for families, were achieved.
The 2018 Christmas Village was a $1.5 million investment by the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club and was made possible by the National Milling Company, J’s Printery, Peter Lewis, Associated Construction Services, Donna Charran and Family, Mrs. Lucille George, Sarah Chinsammy, The Nero’s Family, Lindon Lewis, Pastor Ravi Singh, Errol Hendrax, Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh, Brian Ramphal and KSM Investment.
The Christmas Charity Programme’s main objective is to make the festive season brighter for the less fortunate, single parent households and children. The multi-million dollar programme involved the distribution of 4,000 toys, 300 food hampers, educational materials, clocks, personal care products, vitamins, clothing, wheel chairs, umbrellas, household items and sports gears to children, families and NGOs.
Among those receiving donations from the cricket teams were the Williamsburg Lutheran Church, Sharon Congregation Church, The New Amsterdam Prison Service, Corriverton Anglican Church, Rose Hall Town Wesleyan Church, Berbice Cricket Umpires Association, senior citizens homes and orphanages.
The cricketers also provided breakfast and refreshments to hundreds of pensioners as they awaited to uplift their monthly Old Age Pension.
Hundreds of elderly citizens were provided with a desk clock as a special gift, while school-aged children received school books, pencils, pens, sharpeners, easers, vitamins and a bag of goodies.
The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club would like to express gratitude to the Ministry of the Presidency, Office of the Prime Minister, President David Granger, Guyana National Newspapers Limited, Power Producers and Distributors, KSM Investments, Ansa McAl Trading, Bissan Trading, H.A. Snacks, Sueria Manufacturing, Factory Price, Food-for-the-Poor, Mike’s Pharmacy, Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh, Brian Ramphal, Busta, Starr Computer, Toucan Industries, Farfan and Mendes Limited, Bounty Farm Limited, WR Enterprise, A.M Khan, F&H Printery, Sentinel Security, Colin Elcock, Delmur Shipping, LOTTO, V-Net Communications, Regal Enterprise, Canadian Surplus, Universal DVD, Len’s Craft, Anil Beharry, Kishon Sarwan, The Gift Centre, Chief Brand, Sterling Products, Cirkel Distributors and Office of the First Lady.