LEGENDARY West Indies Test cricketer Basil Butcher AA, who died last year December in the United States of America was, on Wednesday, 3rd of September, remembered by the ten cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC).Butcher would have celebrated his 87th birth anniversary on Wednesday if he was alive and the teams handed over a quantity of cricket gear, educational materials and football items to members of RHTYSC and theCorriverton Links Football Club in his memory.Butcher, was an honorary member of the RHTYSC and had worked along with the club to assist dozens of youths with cricket gear during his lifetime.Butcher, who represented the West Indies in 44 Tests, scoring 3 104 runs at an average of 43.11 was remembered by Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster as a dedicated and humble man despite walking among Kings and Queens.Butcher, was quite passionate about giving youths the opportunity to fulfil their potentials because he felt that poverty should not affect God given talent.The club handed over cricket gear and educational materials to several of its members as part of the celebrations. The cricket gear included batting pads, batting gloves, helmets, wicket-keeping pads and gloves.Several members carried home a complete educational package that included a school bag, exercise books, pens, pencils, rulers, calculators among other items. Asst Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu encouraged the club members to cherish the donated items and to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Butcher, who rose from humble background to become one of the greatest-ever Test batsmen produced by the County and Guyana.Naidu, stated that the Club had partnered with Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) to host the Basil Butcher Trust Fund. Under the fund, over four million dollars’ worth of items including cricket gear, educational materials, cleaning detergents, footwear, clocks, bicycles, clothing, household utensils, stationery, electric, fans and food hampers have been distributed.Naidu, also disclosed that the club very shortly would be handing over cricket gear for ten youths in Linden, while two students would be getting bicycles to assist them in attending school regularly.
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