Premier David Burt, presented grants to nine (9) local community clubs, including three of Bermuda’s historic sailboat clubs, totaling $398,422, which will assist with essential upgrades to their facilities and purchasing of new equipment. The initiative is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to supporting the community efforts of local organizations and supporting projects which get Bermudians back to work.
Joining Premier Burt for the cheque presentations were, the Minister of Youth, Culture, and Sports, Dr. Ernest Peets, the Minister of Transport, Lawrence Scott, Speaker of the House Dennis Lister, Lovitta Foggo Michael Weeks Kim Swan, and Anthony Richardson.
Cheques were presented to the following sailboat clubs:
Mid-Atlantic Boat Club was presented $50,000 to assist with capital upgrades to their building including repairs to their club roof, and storage room building.
East End Mini Yacht Club was presented $50,000 to assist with renovations to their bathrooms, fire alarm system, and kitchen repairs.
West End Sailboat Club was also presented $50,000 to assist renovations to their club building.
Cheques were also presented to the following community organizations:
Flatts Victoria Recreation Club was presented $18,872 to assist with upgrades to their field and public bathrooms.
Paget Lion’s Club was presented $23,550 to assist with purchasing new landscaping and maintenance equipment, as well as a new shed to store equipment.
Somerset Cricket Club was presented $42,000 to assist with upgrades to upper-level flooring of their clubhouse.
Devonshire Recreation Club was presented $64,000. This is in addition to $36,000 presented to them in September, which they used to begin roof and flooring repairs for their clubhouse. These additional funds will help them to complete this work.
Harrington Workman’s Club was presented $50,000. This is in addition to the $50,000 they were presented in September, which they used to begin full renovations of their clubhouse.
St. David’s Cricket Club was presented $50,000. This is in addition to the $50,000 they were awarded in December which they used to upgrade their outdated electrical infrastructure.
Premier Burt said: “In the 2020/21 budget, funding for capital development was set aside for community clubs, to assist in the upgrade of their facilities. The Government encouraged clubs to apply and set out what they needed to continue doing essential work in their communities.”
“Three of these organizations; St. David’s Cricket Club, Harrington’s Workman’s Club, and Devonshire Recreation Club previously received capital development grants last year. They have since provided sufficient evidence of those funds being used to undertake vital upgrades and repairs.”
Najee Musson, President of Harrington’s Workman’s Club said, “We at Harrington Workman’s Club, also known as Cleveland County are extremely grateful to the Government of Bermuda for a second grant of $50,000. As you can see when driving through Devil’s Hole, the work that we are undertaking at our club is vast. We are happy to be able to provide members of our community with jobs as we refurbish the meeting hub of our club and our neighborhood. This money brings a refreshed and upgraded facility closer to reality.”
Céblé Crockwell, President of St. David’s Cricket Club said, “St. David’s Cricket Club is extremely grateful for the opportunity afforded to us by this generous grant which allows us to not only make the much-needed improvements to our club but also affords us the opportunity to provide a better, safer, all-inclusive gathering spot for our members, community, and welcomed visitors. This grant comes at a time when everyone is struggling and St. David’s County Cricket Club is grateful beyond measure for this gift; we thank the Bermuda Government, the Premier and Minister of Finance for their generous consideration of the clubs of the island.”