Tamara Lowe of the Cricket Kindness Project presents a cricket bat to Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Charles Griffith, while physical education teachers and students from Mount Tabor and St. Margaret’s Primary Schools look on. (F. Belgrave/BGIS)

Two rural primary schools are now better equipped to pursue cricket as an extracurricular activity, thanks to a donation of cricket gear from the Cricket Kindness Project.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Development, Charles Griffith, while accepting the donation today at the Gall Hill Pavilion, Gall Hill, St. John, described it as timely, with cricket set to resume in schools.

Minister Griffith lauded Tamara Lowe and her organisation for the effort, and added: “I know that this particular donation of cricket gear will go a long way in terms of helping schools to be able to practise, and to be able to play meaningfully, with the equipment.”

The Sports Minister received the equipment, which will go to Mount Tabor and St. Margaret’s Primary Schools.

He disclosed that the Herman Griffith Cricket Competition would restart at the primary school level. Acknowledging that cricket equipment was very expensive, Mr. Griffith urged Ms. Lowe to continue on with her work.

“I know you’ve been doing this for years. I know you’ve gone to the secondary schools and are now targeting the primary schools. It is good that the St. John schools today are the beneficiaries of this. I hope that it continues, that we continue to have your intervention in terms of cricket gear for those persons who may be less fortunate in general. This will go a very, very long way. I want to thank you again and hope that your journey is one that is prosperous,” the Sports Minister said.

Science and Physical Education teacher at St Margaret’s Primary, Joshua Cadogan, stated: “We are very thankful for the donation. It means that we have equipment that we can engage in the game of cricket, and I know that it is a sport where many of the youngsters are tending to shy away from as opposed to football and some other sports.

“I believe there’s some great love for cricket at our school, and I’m sure many of the boys will be able, as well as the girls, to use the donations to play the sport of cricket to get better, and they will be very thankful.  So, I’m thankful for it as well.”

In addition to the two schools, the charity has also made donations to Lawrence T Gay Primary School; Coleridge and Parry School; Selah Primary School; The Learning Centre; Orange Hill Primary School; The Anne Hill School; Bayley’s Primary School; St George Secondary School, and Grantley Adams Secondary School.

fabian.belgrave@barbados.gov.bb

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