The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Sunday morning held a drumhead service to kick off its 179th anniversary celebration, at the Tactical Services Unit Drill Square, Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine and other top-ranking members of the Disciplined Services at the drumhead serviceAmid rain showers, the service featured songs, scripture readings, prayers and thanksgiving, along with the piling of drums and laying of flags. It was the first event among many scheduled for the month of July.The Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that the GPF chaplain, Reverend Patrick Doolichand opened the service with a prayer and was followed by the piling of the drums and laying of the flags by an all-female unit.Delivering the feature address, Reverend Murtland Raphael Massiah commended the Force for the good work they have done for the citizens of Guyana in the past 179 years. He encouraged the officers to rediscover and uphold the values they were raised on.“You must rediscover your set of values; you must cherish those values and you must protect those values and make those values clear and don’t shift from it. By embracing those values, you will survive [another] 179 years.”The drumhead service concluded with a benediction by Reverend Massiah, singing of The National Anthem and the unpiling of drums.Attending the service were Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan; Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick West; Commissioner of Police (ag) David Ramnarine; Chief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle; Director of Prisons (ag) Gladwin Samuels; several other officers and ranks of the Joint Services; members of the Diplomatic Corps; and other invitees.
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0Shares0000The initiative launched three years ago encourages football players and fans to donate their old kit to sports-mad communities across Africa.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars creative midfielder Francis Kahata led Kits for Africa initiative at the Ruiru stadium, distributing football wear donated by SportPesa’s partner clubs in Europe to his homebase.Kahata, who was raised in Ruiru, lauded the initiative adding that support for training gear will go a long way in boosting the morale of budding footballers who benefit from these donations. “I appreciate Kits for Africa administrators for sharing the donations in Ruiru. I remember playing with no boots and sometime bare-chested as I was growing up here. This is a good way to motivate the young talents and I hope they will work hard in return,” said Kahata, who was recently named to the Kenyan National Football team for AFCON.The Kits for Africa donations were distributed to 30 teams from Ruiru, 20 from Thika and 10 from Dandora.The initiative launched three years ago encourages football players and fans to donate their old kit to sports-mad communities across Africa.“Football in the neighborhood is faced by a lot of challenges. Some players give up mainly because they lack proper gear and opt to do other things instead,” added Posta Rangers player Simon Mbugua who also grew up in the same neighbourhood as Kahata.Kahata used the event to drum up support for his club Gor Mahia ahead of Sunday’s Mashemeji Derby. He called on the Ruiru football fans to show up in large numbers to the match which will be held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani from 4.15pm.Earlier in the day, Coach William Muluya of Kariobangi Sharks helped distribute the Kits for Africa donations in Dandora. He said the initiative is a good way of nurtuting football talent from the early stages within the local neighborhoods and would help keep the youngsters focused.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)