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bmobile Charity Golf Tournament raises funds for Hearts and Minds Foundation

Rolph Young,TSTT's Senior Manager Enterprise Commercial Operations, presents the $34,000 cheque Inspector Elvin Reid of the Hearts and Minds Foundation at the 6th annual bmobile Enterprise Charity Golf Tournament

bmobile’s Annual Enterprise Charity Invitational Golf Tournament continues to powerfully impact communities across the country.

During the sixth (6th) edition of the tournament which took place recently at the St. Andrew's Golf Course in Moka, Maraval players raised $17,000 for the Hearts and Minds Foundation. Based in the Beetham Gardens, the Foundation, which is a collaborative effort of members of the Inter-Agency Task Force, (IATF) and the Rose Foundation, uses sport to enhance the lives of youths in communities in East Port-of-Spain.

It was during the prize giving ceremony however, that Son of the soil and esteemed President of Howard University, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, matched that figure, much to the delight and appreciation of the Foundation and members of the audience.

This has resulted in the Hearts and Minds Foundation receiving a whopping $34,000 in total to further its cause. Dr. Frederick was also the keynote speaker at the 2019 bmobile Connect Technology Conference and Innovation Week which was held on January 29 and 30 at the Hyatt Regency.

TSTT’s Executive, Rakesh Goswami, noted that this year 88 players from across the country took part in the Tournament. “Over the last five years, the bmobile Enterprise Charity Invitational Golf tournament has proudly raised over $100,000 for charitable groups such as PAVI, Playable Caribbean and the Arrow Foundation by enlisting the support of our corporate clients. Every year a different recipient is selected and this year, we are honoured to give back and support the much-needed work done by the Hearts and Minds Foundation.”

Another Son of the soil Shaka Hislop who became a legendary goalkeeper and then an ESPN leading Soccer analyst was one of the prominent figures involved in this year's tournament. Since 2017, Hislop has been partnering with the Hearts and Minds Foundation to manage and distribute equipment to clubs and engage facilities that provide coaching, mentorship and a safe place for children in many of T&T’s underserved and at-risk communities.

Noting that the Foundation means "an awful lot," to him, Hislop stated, "Hearts and Minds focuses their energy on youth clubs and promoting and establishing leagues. It gives young boys and girls an opportunity to play sport, to be a part of the team and understand exactly how important a team dynamic is in developing those skills needed to cope with some of the challenges they have in their own communities."

Over the last 18 months Hislop has conducted equipment drives across the United States. The equipment is then donated to the Foundation.

"One of the major hurdles of these young men and women participating in sport is just the ability to afford a pair of boots of their own or a football of their own. If they have that they are then on their way to learning about some of those life lessons," said Hislop who has borne all the cost thus far including shipping to Trinidad and Tobago.

Hislop added that this was "his way, his opportunity," to give back to his native land. He also praised bmobile and the Foundation for their unwavering commitment to forming harmonious relationships for a better tomorrow in Trinidad and Tobago.

Inspector Elvin Reid of the Hearts and Minds Foundation expressed profound gratitude to bmobile for their valuable monetary contribution, noting that the Foundation relies strictly on charity to survive. "It's truly amazing what bmobile has done. They are not only helping children from various sides of the divide to come together to play football and even enter into competitions but, by extension, bmobile is helping the country to become a peaceful nation once again. "The donation will assist the Foundation to source additional equipment and set up much needed after school programmes for those vulnerable children," added Inspector Reid.

He explained the Foundation was formed in 2004 to deal with vi­o­lent and firearm-re­lat­ed crimes. Among the out­reach pro­grammes are sum­mer camps, sports and fam­i­ly days, health fairs and up­com­ing Christ­mas treats.

The bmobile Enterprise charity golf tournament is recognized as Trinidad and Tobago’s premiere corporate golf event that brings together the Company’s corporate clients and noted personalities for a fun day on the golf course. This year’s event was sponsored by the Yello Media Group, Superb Caterers, Coca Cola, Dasani, VMware, Avaya, Mitel, Huawei and Hyatt Regency.

The 2019 top spot was copped by the dynamic team of Robin Ragoonath, Sean Jack, Harry Rambali and Maurice Mathura.