Video: Cheques Presented To 8 Local Clubs

September 24, 2020 | 14 Comments

Premier David Burt and the Minister of Community Affairs and Sports Lovitta Foggo presented cheques to eight local community organisations.

A Government spokesperson said, “Following a “chat & chew” event in July at which community clubs were hosted to discuss and identify areas of need, Premier the Hon. David Burt, JP, MP, and the Minister of Community Affairs and Sports, the Hon. Lovitta Foggo, JP, MP, presented cheques to eight local community organisations.

Cheques were presented today to:

  • Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club – $50,000
  • Boulevard Community Club – $12,500
  • Devonshire Colts Football Club – $12,500
  • Devonshire Recreation Club –$36,000
  • Harrington Workman’s Club – $50,000
  • Robin Hood Football Club –$12,500
  • Somerset Bridge Recreation Club –$50,000
  • Southampton Rangers Sports Club –$10,000

Premier Burt said: “In this year’s budget funding was set aside for community clubs and has been provided as a capital development grant. Additionally, funding has been made available from the Confiscated Assets Fund which sets out the purposes for which community initiatives can be supported.

“We challenged the clubs to apply, put pen to paper and set out what they needed to continue doing the important work in their communities. They rose to that challenge and applications were received that identified where support was necessary. The financial resources available will assist clubs in upgrading facilities while getting community members back to work and developing youth programs.”

The Premier continued: “I understand the challenges many clubs have faced with fundraising and generating revenue even before the coronavirus pandemic. Community and sporting clubs play an important role in our community.

“They provide programmes for our young people and the Bermuda Government wants to ensure that the budget that was earmarked for Community Club development was made available to support these clubs so that they can continue to provide these vital programmes and services, and to also have some economic activity in their communities while upgrading their facilities. The Clubs’ outreach and impact transcends politics and so an invitation was extended to members of the Opposition who I know also support these initiatives.”

Premier Burt added: “The Ministry of Public Works has assigned a Surveyor from their team to monitor the capital works and to confirm the funds are used for their intended purposes.

“This is the kind of ‘hand up’ that we must continue to provide to those organisations who form the core of our communities. Our hope is to provide more support and I look forward to seeing additional applications from community clubs who also provide valuable programmes for our community.”

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  1. wahoo says:

    I guess Blakey missed the photo shoot?

  2. Ugh says:

    Love election time.

  3. Sandgrownan says:

    Vote buying at its finest!

    • Hmmmmm says:

      Did you ever get the 350k that was for the UBPOBA but kept by some clown called jetgate.

      • wahoo says:

        Was the $350K taxpayer money? The answer is no, but whatever happened was shady I’ll give you that. So this story is about large amounts of money being handed out right before an election. This from a government that cannot afford to repair busses or properly educate our children. Think about that.

  4. Unbelievable says:

    This kind of thing makes me 100% hate politics. This is so orchestrated, it should be an ethical crime.

  5. kevin says:

    Like this isnt electioneering at its finest ,,,Burt complains about the timing of the news on the missing 800k then turns around and distributes proceed of crime money to sporting clubs 7 days prior to the election …..yes Burt your circus continues whats next …ah i know the famous Bermuda debt disappearing act

  6. Dale Butler says:

    Never satisfied. It used to be if the Govt paved roads folks would say an election is coming. Club needs were only brought to the forefront after Rolf Commissiong wrote his excellent report on Clubs. A report that should be club household reading. This is probably the 3rd or 4th time they have been able to benefit based on the foundation laid by that report.

    • Unbelievable says:

      Dale, no one is say that the Govt shouldn’t support the clubs. It’s obvious the clubs give value to their communities. It’s the timing; this happens a week before an election that, I’m willing to wager, the majority of Bermudians are not exactly excited about. It just reeks of political orchestration and showmanship. It’s not leadership. This could have been done at any other time of the year.

  7. Mark says:

    The plp has serious issues with understanding democracy and how it works. They should go ans start a new country with their friend trump.

  8. Noah James says:

    In the middle of an election! Burt is just being sleazy

  9. Ringmaster says:

    These are grants from Government, not the PLP and so could have waited until after the election. That Premier Burt has made the grants before the election is clearly to influence voters. In a modern and civilised world, that would be deemed illegal.

  10. Question says:

    750 have lost their jobs, and Burt’s priority is use taxpayer money to buy votes.
    We’re a third world nonentity, thanks to Burt.

  11. Leslie says:

    Quit bitching OBA supporters. You’d be doing it too if you could. Gotta win the election though. And good luck with that

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