Marketing Representative of Western Union, Natheeah Mendonca (third from right), presents a set of equipment to Phaffiana Millington. The other recipients are (from left): Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, Daniel Lewis, Shawn Perriera and Akshay Homraj (Photo: Avenash Ramzan)
Five young cricketers of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) have benefited from Western Union’s Junior Cricketer Ambassador Programme, which was renewed on Thursday.
At a presentation ceremony at Western Union’s office on Water Street, the five cricketers: Shawn Perriera, Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai, Daniel Lewis, Akshay Homraj and the lone female Phaffiana Millington were presented with a quantity of equipment to aid their development.
According to Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC, Hilbert Foster, the company has been supporting the initiative since 2009. This year the company has injected $310,000 worth of cricket gear into the programme.
Each player will receive a bat, batting pads and gloves, a helmet, a cricket equipment bag and a set of uniform.
Foster said, “We at the management level of the club strongly believes in the development of youths, and as such, great effort is made to develop our cricketers at all levels, be it educational, personal or on the cricket field. We want our cricketers to be positive role models to every youth they meet and also to be perfect ambassadors for every team they are given the opportunity to represent.”
Foster added that all the beneficaries of this year’s programme have all excelled in their sporting endeavours over the past years.
All-rounder Perriera and left-arm spinner Motie-Kanhai are both national under-19 players, while Millington is being touted as the next Shemaine Campbell of the club, having excelled in matches featuring players of the opposite gender. Only two weeks ago, Millington took seven wickets for 11 runs versus Big Star under-17 male team.
Lewis is the RHTY&SC under-17 captain and has represented Berbice at both the under-15 and under-17 levels. At the recently held RHTY&SC award ceremony, he was voted the most disciplined player of 2012.
Foster described middle-order batsman Homraj as an “exciting player”, whom, if properly managed, “can go all the way.”
Foster said the young cricketers of the county have benefited tremendously under the programme, noting that the RHTY&SC is grateful for Western Union’s continued involvement.
“Your confidence in us is most welcome and words cannot express the young cricketers’ gratitude to you for the role the company is playing in their development as cricketers. Loyydel Lewis and Linden Austin, who are both over 19 years and are no longer part of this programme, have asked me to personally express thanks for the assistance over the years,” Foster related.
Speaking on behalf of the company was Marketing Representative, Natheeah Mendonca, who said Western Union is proud to have aided the young cricketers’ development over the past years.
“We know that our investment is not in vain. We have seen the benefits of investing in you over the years and we are very happy that we can assist in your development. We are here to help you guys and we are proud that we can help you to grow and do well in your cricketing endeavours,” Mendonca told the young recipients.
Each year Western Union injects hundreds of thousands of dollars under the programme, which is being used by the RHTY&SC to mould the next generation of cricketers with the aim of having them represent Berbice, Guyana and ultimately, the West Indies.