Thursday 29 October, 2020

Charles Griffith Sports Centre gets a facelift from Mount Gay

Mount Gay employees add the finishing touches to a mural on the wall of the refurbrished Charles Griffith Sports Centre as Managing Director Raphaël Grisoni looks on

Mount Gay employees add the finishing touches to a mural on the wall of the refurbrished Charles Griffith Sports Centre as Managing Director Raphaël Grisoni looks on

Corporate Barbados continues to give back, even in these challenging COVID-19 times.

And brewer of the world’s oldest rum, Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd, displayed its good corporate citizenry by giving the Charlie Griffith Sports Centre in Lowlands, St Lucy a major facelift. 

The refurbishment project included repainting, retiling and some landscaping of the grounds, among other things. With 130 employees of the distillery all armed with different tools, it took nearly five hours to complete the finishing touches on the final day.

In a press conference on Friday, Managing Director of Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd, Raphaël Grisoni, outlined the initiative, which commenced in 2019. Originally conceptualised under the framework of We Gatherin’ 2020, the initial project was to refurbish the St Lucy District Hospital which was in dire need at the time. However, the pandemic forced a review of those plans.

“We decided with the [National] Sports Council to give our support to this beautiful cricket field, the Charles Griffith Centre, that was in dire need of repair and restoration. It was our way, all the staff of Mount Gay, to give back to St Lucy, which is the place where Mount Gay was born and it is a way to give back to our community …[when] times are rough and difficult, ”Grisoni said. 

Mount Gay project

Sales, Marketing & Communications Officer of The National Sports Council, Roberta Dowell, also extended thanks to Mount Gay on behalf of the sporting organization.

“The National Sports Council is excited to be a part of this worthwhile initiative and I want to…thank Mount Gay for all of their efforts today. You guys did a wonderful job. Anyone that saw this facility three weeks ago would be really happy with the turnout today,” she said.

Dowell outlined that the project was part of the National Sports Council’s thrust to promote sports in the north of the island.

Parliamentary representative for St Lucy, Peter Phillips who was also in attendance, praised those involved in the project.

“A big …thank you to Mount Gay Distilleries for yet again making a contribution to St Lucy, after all we have been your home for 300 years and [you have been] a good corporate citizen. This project was born…out of Mount Gay’s desire to give back as part of the We Gatherin’ exercise in St Lucy.

Just as we were about to do the work over at the St Lucy District hospital, up came a man called Mr Covid. I firmly believe that all things work together for good and when my committee was then asked how would we transfer that effort or where would we put the funding behind what we wanted to do I immediately said that we can do the same thing at the Charlie Griffith Centre. I want to say thanks to Mount Gay for the good effort that you have made,” the St Lucy MP stated.

Philips hinted that future projects were in store for the centre and would be shared by the NSC in due time.

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