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The National Milling Company of Guyana (NAMILCO) on Friday last renewed their sponsorship of the Under-21 and First Division Teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS during a simple presentation ceremony at the company’s Agricola Head Office, East Bank of Demerara.
The sponsorship which would last until October 2022 is worth $420,000. Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster said that the club was delighted at the renewal of the sponsorship despite the effects of the covid-19 pandemic. He stated that NAMILCO had come on board as the team’s official sponsor in September 2019, replacing Gizmos and Gadgets. The teams since then have participated in a total of seven tournaments and are unbeaten to date.
They are the defending champions at the T20, 100 balls, 40-Overs and 50-Overs competitions while the Under-21 are also the defending Berbice champions. The teams have also successfully completed close to one hundred activities under this partnership. Among the activities are the construction of three homes for less fortunate families, award ceremonies for outstanding Guyanese, charity programs, donations to organizations and playing a major role in educating Berbicians on covid-19. Among the activities organized were tribute to law enforcement officers, tribute to medical workers, tribute to outstanding teachers, youth information booklet, covid-19 educational posters and stickers, distribution of cycles and the distribution of over $6M dollars worth of flood relief food hampers. The teams also hosted the Basil Butcher Trust Fund , Annual Christmas Village and assisted their peers with the donation of millions dollars worth of cricket gears. Special emphasis was also placed on assisting the Rose Hall Town Council to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Guyana smallest town. Foster, who is also the President of the Berbice Cricket Board and Vice President of the Guyana Cricket Board, stated that the teams were very proud to represent the NAMILCO brand and hailed the relationship that existed between the management of the two organizations.
He noted that Kevin Sinclair, Kelvon Anderson, Shemaine Campbelle, Shabaki Gajnabi and Sheneta Grimmond all represented the West Indies under the sponsorship while several more exciting talents are emerging under the club’s aggressive developmental programme headed by Head Coach Delbert Hicks along with Cricket Managers Robby Kissonlall, Keith Hicks and Tyrone Pottaya. Among the other players representing the teams are Jason Sinclair, Keith Simpson, Clinton Pestano, Eon Hooper, Shawn Perriera, Keon Sinclair, Junior Sinclair, Slyus Tyndall, Khemraj Mahadeo, Delbert Hicks, Jonathan Rampersaud, Jermey Sandia, Mahendra Gopilall, Chanderpaul Govindan, Christopher Deroop, Matthew Pottaya and Romesh Bharrat.
The captain of the Under-21 team for 2022 would be Chanderpaul Govindan with Jonathan Rampersaud as his Deputy while Shawn Perriera and Clinton Pestano would serve as Captain and Vice Captain for the First Division Team. Foster reassured the NAMILCO Management that the Teams would continue to represent their brand with pride, commitment and discipline. He stated that cricket in the County would restart as soon as the National Task Force grants permission.
NAMILCO’s Managing Director Bert Sukhai hailed the two teams as outstanding flag bearers of the company’s brand and stated that they had exceeded expectations on and off the field. Sukhai expressed satisfaction at the numerous activities of the teams especially those which had a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. He urged the two NAMILCO Thunderbolt teams to uphold their high standards in the future and reassured them of his company’s support in the future. RHTY&SC Assistant Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu stated that the company apart from sponsoring the two teams also co-sponsors a number of activities on an annual basis including the RHTY&SC Review Magazine, Award Ceremony, Cricket Academy, Charity Programs, Christmas Program, Say Yes /Say No Campaign and Tribute to Law Enforcement Officers Program. Naidu also stated that the company is expected to be on board shortly with a contribution to the RHTY&SC 2021 Christmas Charity Program which would be held between December, 1- 24.The teams at the conclusion of the presentation handed over a special gift to Mr. Sukhai in appreciation of his support of their activities over the years. NAMILCO is a subsidiary of Seaboard Corporation of the United States. It produces the most popular brands of flour in Guyana.