Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie said the Social Development Commission’s (SDC) National 20/20 Community Cricket competition is helping to foster a better relationship between communities.
Speaking at yesterday’s official launch of this year’s competition at the SDC’s office in Kingston, McKenzie said, it plays a vital role in the development of the country’s youth.
“It is going well because I think that the SDC has done better this year in terms of its organisation, and they have attracted a larger constituency of participants, and I think it augurs well for the community programme of the SDC,” said McKenzie, while lauding the sponsors for their support.
“I think it is something that we have to support … in order for us to have the kind of impact at the community level that we want,” McKenzie added.
“What I am expecting is … it will bring communities together, and it will help to break down barriers in many communities where there is divisiveness,” he said.
Danielle Harrison-Drysdale, senior communication executive of Lasco financial, said that her company is committed to helping with sports and community development.
“The most important thing for us is that the SDC has a well-oiled machinery that goes into the communities, and one thing our chairman and managing director supports is community development, and we feel that the 20/20 cricket competition is something that really embodies that,” Harrison-Drysdale said. “Last year was really big and it was really good.
I loved how the communities came out and supported their teams, and so for me, it is something that I am looking forward to, and I think it is going to be even bigger this year.”
The competition began in April and will see the winners taking home $1.2 million while the second-place team will collect $600,000. Third will pocket $300,000. At yesterday’s function, Lasco Money and Lasco Distributors handed over cheques amounting to $4.5 million, and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica handed over their sponsorship of $3 million.