El Dorado celebrates icons
Saturday, May 31 2014
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History lesson: Shalini Sundar, seven, plays with a model of the ship Fatel Razak on which the first Indian labourers arrived in 1845, during Indian A...
Thirteen sporting icons from El Dorado were awarded with plaques yesterday for recognition of their sportsmanship and contribution to the people in the east Trinidad community.
The Tunapuna /Piarco Regional Corporation partnered with the El Dorado Consumers Co-Operative Society Limited for their third annual awards ceremony and ‘Curry Duck and Pepper Roti” competition.
Awards were given to honour senior citizens of the community for being outstanding footballers. They include: Michael Simmons, Kenneth Nina, Lallman Bhola, Johnny James, Leon Millan, George Autherton, Kenny Jadoo, Kenwick Kangala, John Bhola, Praman Sooknanan, Narine Sammy, Sonnilal Dwarika and Joe Millan.
Swamy Morgan, secretary for the Board of the El Dorado Consumers Co-Operative Society Ltd, said the event was used to bring the community together.
“The co-operative is over 60 years old. It is the oldest co-operative in TT, it went through some rough times but under this new management, about six years ago, we started to bring the co-operation back to life, to build back the community and do a lot of events within the community,” he said. “The cooking competition was the biggest event for the year and the Tunapuna Regional Corporation decided to team up with us, and they now are partnering with us to host this grand event.” Aaron Thomas, councillor of the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation, said the event is held every year to help build and foster community spirit.
“What we are seeing now is that people are living in the community and are always locked-up indoors and don’t really know who their neighbours are, so we have partnered with the Co-operative to make the event bigger and better for the people to come out and participate in the events in their community, and also help celebrate Indian Arrival Day,”he said.
The winner of the competition will receive a ticket to Grenada, $3,000 cash and a hamper. The second prize is a hamper, $2,000 cash and a trophy with the third prize being a trophy,$1,000 and a hamper.