RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster hands over the collection of books to Pamela King of the St Francis Youth Club while other members look on
The cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) on Thursday last launched its multi-million dollars E-Networks pro-education programme for 2014 with donations of $250,000 worth of children story and educational books to the Port Mourant’s St. Francis Xavier and the New Amsterdam Church of Ascension Roman Catholic Churches.
The donations would assist the St. Francis Xavier Church to establish a mini library for children and youths, while the Church of Ascension would add the donated books to their established library. Each of the churches also received a notice board from the RHTY&SC.
Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC Hilbert Foster, who handed over the books, stated that the cricket teams would be placing special emphasis on the importance of reading in its 2014 E-Networks pro-education campaign and would be donating books to several nursery and secondary schools in Berbice.
They would also be assisting several cricket clubs in the Ancient County to established mini libraries for their membership.
Foster stated that reading enables the mind to develop and allows individuals to form ideas quickly. Noting that reading is his favourite hobby, Foster urged the younger generation to develop a culture of research, studying and reading and this would lead them to a successful career.
The RHTY&SC strongly believes that education is the key to success and the veteran cricket administrator issued an appeal for all young sportsmen/women to place emphasis on education and not to forsake it entirely for success in sport.
The RHTY&SC, Foster disclosed, would be working together with the Berbice Cricket Board to establish mini libraries at the Bath, Blairmont Community Centre, Young Warriors, Chesney, Whim and Edinburgh Cricket Clubs in an effort to get young cricketers to develop the culture of reading.
The cricket teams – RHT Farfan and Mendes Under-15, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Bakewell Under-17 and second division, Metro females and Gizmos and Gadgets Under-12 and first division- under their pro-education programme for 2014 would be sharing out educational kits, school bags, school uniforms and other materials to less fortunate students, making donations to several schools, hosting television programmes, providing educational scholarships, hosting evening classes and the annual Republic Bank summer camp among other projects.
President of the St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Youth Club, Andrew Smartt, expressed gratitude to the cricket teams of the RHTY&SC and pledged that the mini library would be opened to church members and youths from this month. He praised the RHTY&SC and its Secretary/CEO for the role he played in the resuscitation of the St Francis Youth Club and for the massive investment in the activities of the Port Mourant Catholic Church. Smartt wished the management and cricketers of the RHTY&SC a successful year on and off the cricket field during 2014.