A. Quansah, GNA
Accra, Aug. 24, GNA – HFC Bank, a member of
Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) of Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday
presented sporting kits and awards to the Ghana Education Service (GEC) in
support of this year’s Youth Athletics Festival.
The 2016 edition of the Youth Athletics is
scheduled for September 1 and 2 in Sunyani and its expected to showcase a host
of talented young men and women competing in various athletic disciplines.
At a short ceremony held at the Bank’s
premises in Accra, the GES received the items made up of 108 medals (36 each of
Gold, Silver and Bronze), 70 polo shirts, 640 athletics vests, 150 certificates
of merit and 300 copies of the event brochure.
The presentation ceremony follows the signing
of a Memorandum of Understanding in June between HFC and the Ghana Education
Service (GES), to provide a three- year sponsorship for the Youth Athletic
Festival with an initial amount of GH¢125,000.00.
The Managing Director of the Bank, Mr. Robert
Le Hunte, said the presentation was the Bank’s way of re-affirming its
commitment to youth development in Ghana.
Mr. Le Hunte said “HFC Bank and its parent
company, Republic Financial Holdings Limited believe in the youth of Ghana and
their potentials to redefine Ghana’s name in the books of International
He encouraged the sports fraternity to dream
big on the back of the just ended Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He used the
opportunity to initiate the “Ghana Tokyo Gold” agenda (GTG); aimed at urging
Ghana to strive for gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic.
The Director of Physical Education unit of
GES, Mr. Emmanuel Dormenyah, pledged support for the GTG initiative and
reiterated that the goal of Ghana winning gold at the next Olympics Games would
become a reality.
Mr. Dormenya Director of Sports at GES, also
commended HFC Bank for fulfilling their promise of supporting youth athletics
in the country.
This year’s edition of the Youth Athletics
Festival has received high publicity primarily as a result of the sponsorship
from HFC Bank. The sponsorship has come at a time when increased calls have
been made on corporate Ghana to devote resources to the development of other
The HFC Bank’s support of athletics in Ghana
stems from the Bank’s belief that its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
investments should lead to long-term social impact. It is expected that this
partnership with the GES will help identify, groom and develop athletes who
will be capable of winning medals at the Olympics and other international
laurels for the nation.