Local footballers to benefit as Food for the Poor/Guyana Football Federation forge partnership...
May 10, 2012
At a time when many sports associations are experiencing grave challenges procuring adequate sponsorship to address their programmes
and objectives, Food for the Poor (FFP), a non-governmental, charitable
organization, has answered the call and yesterday morning forged
alliances with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), donating gear and
equipment towards the development of `that organization.
The FFP organization also extended similar chivalry to the Guyana Police
Force and the University of Guyana after donating 12 footballs and 1
computer training set respectively.
President (ag) of the GFF, Franklin Wilson visited the Festival City
offices of the non- governmental organization and received several units
of sewing machines, footballs, computer training kits and a hefty
supply of Whey (protein) powder.
Managing Director (FFP), Leon Davis was present to hand over the gifts
to the various entities and in brief remarks noted that despite the many
internal challenges being experienced by the GFF he still felt
constrained to support their objectives.
Mr. Davis reminded that the primary objective of his entity is to
provide relief and foster empowerment of the poor and needy. He also
said that his executives have primarily made major contributions towards
the cricket fraternity with the focus being on rural and outlying
clubs. “Admittedly football is undergoing many challenges but we are not
concerned with the adverse effects placed on the entity; our objective
is to positively support the sport,” informed Mr. Davis.
He said that
despite recognizing the need to support the many clubs, his executive
felt constrained to focus on rural development. “Our objective is to aid
in the developmental process of both male and female footballers and I
intend to continue along this vein,” assured Mr. Davis.
Mr. Wilson said that his executives are grateful for the corporate
intervention by FFP. He said that his entity had benefited from the
largesse of the FFP and he envisioned this initiative to be a lasting
and fruitful relationship.
Mr. Wilson further noted the positive
relationship between school work and football and consequently advocated
for the reintroduction of the sport as a part of the school curriculum.
He said that the balls would be distributed to each of the associations
even as he promised to care the gift. The acting football boss also
promised to keep the FFP Managing Director abreast of football
Meanwhile, Librarian of the University of Guyana Gwyneth George
collected the computers on behalf of her organization and expressed deep
gratitude to her benefactor.
She further pointed out that the UG is now
conducting a reading programme in the Sophia community and voiced the
hope that UG executives could approach the FFP for future assistance.
She also promised to reciprocate if the need should ever arise.