The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has offered a Valentine’s Day gift to women and children who have suffered domestic violence by way of a TT$135,000 (US$20,000) donation to The Shelter, a Trinidad and Tobago-based non-profit NGO.
The Shelter, also known as the Shelter for Battered Women and Children, was founded in 1987 by Diana Mahabir-Wyatt. It strives to offer temporary housing, material assistance and counselling to women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
CPL CEO Pete Russell said his organisation, which runs the regional T20 cricket competition, is mindful of the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable women and children.
“Domestic violence is a growing issue across the region and Hero CPL is proud to support The Shelter’s efforts to help those who have been victims of all forms of abuse,” said Russell, via a media statement. “We hope that this donation will support the fantastic work The Shelter does. This is part of Hero CPL’s efforts to help the heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“With the pandemic resulting in the instances of domestic violence increasing dramatically, the work of The Shelter is even more important.”
Colin Mitchell, chairman of the Shelter, was pleased to see a sporting body play an active role in society, and also mindful of the significance of 14 February.
“CLR James wrote of the Greeks believing that an athlete who had represented his community at a national competition and won had brought notable distinction to his city,” said Mitchell. “His victory was a testament to the quality of the citizens, not unlike our cricketers and CPL players.
“Similarly, the support to victims of domestic violence is also testament to us as a nation. On this ‘Valentine’s Day’, a day that celebrates love and kindness, we are extremely honoured by this generous gift from the CPL to support The Shelter.
“Sport has helped many in crisis go beyond what they thought was their boundary and achieve success and this is also our lifelong mission, since The Shelter was founded back in 1987 by Diana Mahabir-Wyatt.”
Among the services provided by The Shelter are safe temporary housing, material assistance, mandatory counselling, out-patient counselling follow-up, access to a social worker, crisis intervention and individual advocacy.
The aim of The Shelter is to help women and children overcome the impact of violence and abuse.