25 and counting! Farfan and Mendes and RHTY&SC going strong
Sport sponsorship deals in Guyana normally last a few years and over the last decade, most sport organisations have had to deal with the challenge of obtaining sponsorship from corporate Guyana.
On Tuesday last, Guyana’s leading youth and sports club, the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC), renewed its long-standing relationship with Farfan and Mendes during a simple presentation at the company’s Providence, East Bank Demerara, Head Office.
The two organisations have enjoyed a very close working relationship since 1996.
RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO, Hilbert Foster, described the long-serving sponsor as one of the main reasons why the club is widely called the best in the country and noted that Farfan and Mendes Limited is the oldest supporter of its activities.
The relationship started with the donation of a grass cutter to the club in March 1996 towards the upkeep of the Area ‘H’ Ground and then financial support from 1997.
The Rose Hall Town Farfan and Mendes Limited Under-15 team has won five Berbice championships under the name of the sponsorship and undertaken over 1,000 community related programmes.
These programmes include cricket academies, senior citizens breakfast, youth information booklets, beach clean-up campaign, tribute to mothers and fathers, summer camps, feeding of the less fortunate, food hampers project, tribute to heroes, medical outreaches, Say No/Say Yes campaign, mash parade and youth inspirational forums.
The team has also produced dozens of players, who have gone on to represent Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies.
Among the notable players produced from the highly successful relationship are Assad Fudadin, Royston Crandon, Delbert Hicks, Dominic Rikhi, Abdel Fudadin, Khemraj Mahadeo, Murphy LaRose, Kelvon Anderson, Junior Williams, Shawn Perriera, Slyus Tyndall, Matthew Pottaya, Jonathan Rampersaud, Jeremy Sandia, Christopher Deroop, Chanderpaul Govindra, Mahendra Gopilall, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond and Shabaki Gajnabi.
Fudadin, Crandon, Anderson, Campbelle, Grimmond and Gajnabi have all represented the West Indies at different levels.
RHTY&SC Assistant Secretary/CEO, Simon Naidu, stated that the 25-year relationship has touched and changed the lives of countless persons on the cricket field, in the classroom and in their homes.
The company over the years has also co-sponsored the club annual youth magazines, cricket academy, summer camp, charity programme, Christmas Village, Say No/Say Yes campaign, and youth information booklet among numerous other activities.
Naidu reassured the company’s management that the club would continue to uphold its high standard in 2021 and would always strive to be the best, on and off the cricket field.
The team would be led by Rapheal Fraser with Raj Tika as his deputy in 2021. Long-serving club executive Ravinranauth Kissoonlall is the manager, while Tyrone Pottaya is his deputy.
The team would also undertake 60 community projects under the sponsorship during the year.
Farfan and Mendes Marketing Executive Onai Vasconcellos hailed the outstanding work of the club over the years and noted that his company was delighted to be associated with the RHTY&SC.
Vasconcellos noted that the relationship has lasted for so long because the club has been outstanding representatives of his company’s brand, on and off the cricket field.