TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 07, 2021: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – COVID -19 restrictions resulted in several challenges and delays for community projects worldwide. However, the community of Rio Claro was determined not to be derailed and persisted to complete upgrades to the basketball court and install exercise equipment at the recreational grounds. During a brief unveiling ceremony on August 28, the community finally revealed the finished works.
Through a collaboration between the Rio Claro Lion’s Club and Vedant Enterprises, a TT$35,000 EPIC (Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities) grant was given from the Digicel Foundation last year to complete upgrades to the basketball court and purchase exercise equipment for the Rio Claro recreational ground. The project scope included landscaping, painting court lines refurbishing back-boards and nets along with the installation of exercise equipment. The groups also received technical support from the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation and the MP’s office.
In attendance to bring greetings and offer congratulations for the project team was the Honourable Member of Parliament for the Mayaro Constituency- Rushton V. Paray, Chairman of the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation-Raymond Cozier and the Councillor for Rio Claro South - David Law. One of the basketballers, Rakesh Singh from the Rio Claro community was also present to express his gratitude for the upgrades to the court.
MP Paray stated, “Digicel Foundation’s EPIC grant has helped develop Rio Claro in spite of tough times”. He also shared, “The tripartite of Community, Public sector and Private sector partnerships plays a crucial role in community resilience and nation building.”
Digicel Foundation Operations Manager Cindyann Currency echoed similar sentiments, she said, “Community, Volunteerism and Partnerships is the foundation of all EPIC initiatives and is important for sustainable development.’ She congratulated the group on behalf of the Digicel Foundation for overcoming the obstacles and completing the project.
Rio Claro is one of the 100 EPIC projects since the initiative launched in 2016. To date, the Digicel Foundation has invested TT$3.34 million in EPIC grants impacting almost 50,000 persons in Trinidad and Tobago.