I am extremely pleased to receive this cheque on behalf of the United Way Trinidad and Tobago. It was an even greater pleasure working with the Executive and Members of WIPA who impressed me with their desire to make a meaningful contribution to the disadvantaged and dispossessed in our country and, in fact the entire Caribbean. The level of professionalism exhibited in undertaking this major event augurs well for sport in the region.”

So says Conrad Aleong, Chairman of UWTT after receiving a cheque for TT$121,721.86 (approximately US$20,000) from the President and CEO of WIPA, Dinanath Ramnarine.

The cheque represents proceeds from WIPA’s major charity event, Balls of Fire II, which was held on September 3, 2011 and which featured players of the Trinidad and Tobago national cricket team and the WIPA All Star Team of present and former West Indies players. The WIPA team also played a football match against Trinidad and Tobago’s 2006 “Strike Squad” members.

According to WIPA’s President, “Balls of Fire II was a tremendous success because there are professional sportsmen who are willing to help the less fortunate by taking part in charity events. What makes this even more important is that there are fans who support these events and turn out, not just for the sports, but for the opportunity to contribute and there are sponsors willing to help. WIPA has been fortunate to have the kind and level of support which guarantees the success of our charitable endeavours.”

WIPA is committed, determined and driven in its endeavors to help the community at large and is looking forward to raising even more funds for charity in 2012.

The major sponsors this year were Atlantic Trinidad, bMobile, First Citizens Bank, BG Trinidad and Tobago, Toyota Trinidad and Tobago, Blue Mountain and IETV.

Mr. Ramnarine added that because UWTT’s main goal is to channel funds to Non-Government Organisations that deliver critical social services to citizens in need, WIPA saw its assistance to UWTT as a means of maximizing its contribution to the national development of Trinidad and Tobago, the country in which his organization is headquartered.

Over the years, WIPA has been very active in public service at both the national and regional level. In 2008, the organization signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN Agencies in Trinidad and Tobago to sensitize the public about HIV and AIDS awareness. Members of the West Indies team at the time joined children from special schools, as well as senior public and private sector officials, in a walk-a-thon around the Queen’s Park Savannah. WIPA has also contributed (through members of the West Indies cricket team) more than $120,000.00 to Jamaica and Grenada after Hurricane Ivan. Additionally, a charity 20/20 Cricket Match in 2010 raised $500,000.00 to help earthquake ravaged Haiti.

WIPA has also established a benevolent fund from which WIPA members and distressed persons and charities are able to benefit. Other WIPA contributions include Medical Health & Fitness Seminars, successful Annual Charity fund raising football matches, and Community cricket-related programmes.

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