L-R Quincy Richards, DFA Manager; Rondel Abel, Vice-Captain DFA; Joylyn Johnson, RUBIS Retail Accounts Executive, Colin Sertimer, Captain DFA and Colin Bolton, Technical Director GFF; Frot Row Kevin Forde, representative of the DFA Berbice branch.
The Deaf Association of Guyana Football Federation’s team will play in spanking new national uniforms thanks to Rubis Guyana.
During the official handover of the kits at the Guyana Defence Force Grounds, Rubis’ Retail Accounts Executive, Joylyn Johnson shared the energy company’s philosophy that corporate citizens should support initiatives which enhance and enrich the livelihood of communities, villages and towns as these groups support our business throughout the years. She added, “It is for this reason we committed, without hesitation to assist the Deaf Association of Guyana (DAG) with the provision of the national uniform. Rubis is proud of the association’s forward thinking approach and we encourage them to continue to cultivate a team that will make themselves and Guyana proud.”
Accepting the uniforms on behalf of DAG was President Sabine McIntosh. The President believes the development of sport is beneficial for deaf youths for several reasons. She explained, “Sport enhances physical and mental fitness, develops confidence and self-esteem, helps to bridge the gap between hearing and deaf youth and helps to reduce the stigma attached to deafness.” She added, “After several starts, football become one of the most popular sports among the deaf and we are happy to give all the support we can muster.”
One of the short term goals set by Ms McIntosh is the hosting of a team from Suriname for a friendly match against the national squad, comprising players from Region 4 and Region 6. However the team is also has its eyes set on participating in the 2016 Deaf World Cup, scheduled for Italy, which the DAG President admits is an ambitious goal.
This is the second time Rubis has assisted the association, having provided table tennis sets two years ago.
DAG is a registered NGO and an associate member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).