The Liliendaal Community Development Group was yesterday afternoon presented with a $1 million cheque by Prime Minister and First Vice President Moses Nagamootoo, to enhance the community’s development, GINA said.
The handing over took place at the community’s playground, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, where the group members organised an afternoon of fun and games for the children of the area.
During the presentation of the cheque to founder of the group Beryl Haynes, the Prime Minister said that this is the first time that an activity was held on the playground and, “in a sense we can say that some monies have been given to fence and secure the ground.”
GINA said that the Prime Minister committed to working with the community group to further develop the ground into a community meeting place.
“We want to ensure that the young people are not involved in drugs, crime and all other non-productive activities and for them to move away from all the bad things that are happening,” he told the gathering.
Expressing gratitude on behalf of the group and the residents of Liliendaal, Haynes said, “we accept this token because I know there is more to come. We appreciate it and we are grateful for it and it’s the first time that someone has reached out to us.”
The group was first established in 1989 but became dormant, and according Haynes, it was resuscitated almost four years ago.