In a simple act of generosity, the Cumberland, East Canje-based Young Warriors Cricket Club (YWCC) on Monday donated a quantity of food hampers to senior members and former employees of GuySuCo, Rose Hall Estate.
The idea was realised through one of the more senior member of the club, Ishwar Singh, brother of former West Indies Under and Senior National Cricketer, Gajanand Singh.
At a simple ceremony held recently, Sahadeo Singh, father of Ishwar Singh, said his son felt for the people around the East Canje area who were all affected by the closure of the estate. He said that as far as he could remember, the entire community depended on the sugar estate, adding that it was painful to see the hardship residents are going through.
He said he also observed that many young boys and girls are dropping out of school because of severe poverty and promised that his son and the recently resuscitated YWCC will play their part in assisting the needy.
The YWCC, which was recently revived, has already played in three-first division finals.
They lost to the Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets twice before winning the Ivan Madray Memorial 100 balls final last weekend against the same team.
Recent West Indies batting sensation and Indian Premier League (IPL)-bound Shimron Hetmyer is a product of the club. The IPL is the largest and most lucrative T20 tournament globally and Hetmyer has pocketed US$588,000. He is the first Berbician that will play in the IPL cricket.
Speaking on behalf of the recipients, Brian Henry thanked Ishwar Singh, owner of GuyBiz Establishment of Cumberland, East Canje, Berbice for his fine gesture and the cricket club for organising the event.
He said that the club has, over the years, helped many persons and charitable organizations in the area and has given many youths an opportunity in cricket that changed their lives forever.