Members of the Football For A Cause committee which hosted the recent charity football match for flood victims at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo paid a visit to residents in Greenvale and Oropune on Saturday to present grocery and other household items to some families that were still recovering from the tragic flooding events of October.
National Team head coach Dennis Lawrence whose brainchild it was to stage the “Football for a Cause” match was joined by members as they made a second round of visits to the affected families. Among the items also presented were refrigerators, stoves and beds.
One resident, wheelchair-bound grandmother Annette Gittens, expressed her elation upon the arrival of the group on Saturday.
“Right now I am so elated. I am humbled and I thank you all so much because I got more than I expected. I know God is awesome and I know that he always gives. So when I got the call from Dennis I said ‘what?’ and then I understood about Football for a Cause. Dennis and Friends, you all have made my day and I thank you so much,” Gittens said.
Recalling the ordeal in October, she added, “That was a journey. At first, I thought what I am going to do. Where I am going to get the things from. We did get a $20,000 grant from the Government and while it may not be enough, I still thanked God for it. But we needed a lot of stuff still. And then when you all called, I said ‘Lord I got all that I am praying for’. I didn’t have a fridge, I didn’t have a stove and now I do. I didn’t have that much hope but I have faith in God.”
Gitten’s granddaughter Shayanne has been at her side and was also grateful for the support. “I’d never been through anything like that so it was really tiring and difficult. That was the most frightening night of my life. We didn’t know what our next step would be. There were a lot of sleepless nights and days because we were not sure what tomorrow would bring. But now we are coming along and we will hopefully get there.”
Gittens is looking forward to a brighter holiday than she would have anticipated a week ago. Among other residents visited on Saturday included Dwight Roach who is still unable to move back into his home for the Christmas. Roach's initial plea for assistance got the attention of Lawrence who then initiated proceedings for the football event.
“Christmas is looking much better, I love to cook even though I am on a wheelchair. I am a bad granny in the kitchen. Now I can bake my sweetbread and I can drink cold juice. I am not ashamed to say I was drinking hot juice before. The only thing I told them I really needed at first was an iron because I need to iron my clothes to look presentable. Thank you so much to Football for a Cause, Dennis and Friends like Richard (Piper) and Nadine (Khan), you all have really come forward and done a great deal for us.”
Through the use of cash collected from the event, appliances were purchased and distributed to homes in the affected areas. The organisers of Football For a Cause distributed in several of the affected areas including Greenvale, Congo, Sangre Grande, Ascot, Kelly Village, Couva, Las Lomas, Warrenville, Oropune, El Socorro and Tobago.
Football For a Cause wishes to extend its appreciation to the following partners - Carib, NLCB, Healthnet Caribbean, Defence Force Masters, SM Jaleel, Angostura, Guardian Media Limited, 96.1 and Star 94.7 FM (TTRN), I95.5FM and Red 96.7, 107.1FM, WACK 901.1,Boom Champions 94.1, Flow Trinidad, Caribbean Lifestyle Communications, TTFA, Sports and Games, Lounge 63, Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, Sportt, Joma, Domino’s, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, The Media, All Players, Support Staff and Volunteers.