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Another auditorium this time it’s in Griga Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 February 2018 00:00

The Russell ‘Chiste’ Garcia Auditorium was inaugurated in Dangriga on Saturday January 27. The mighty building features a FIBA certified wooden basketball court complete with Gared backboards, and shot clocks. It is equipped with locker rooms, bathrooms, and office spaces along with concession stands.

In addressing the gathering, Mayor of Dangriga Francis Humphreys remembered Chiste as a man rooted in agriculture and cited that the, “measure of the man was not only by the service to community but also the bigness of his heart with which he served his community.”

For his part, Frank Papa Mena explained that Dangriga, “needed a symbol of faith, a symbol of hope, a symbol of survival and a symbol of sustainability and that could only be seen in the likes of one person, that was Chiste.” As he spoke he urged that the community take care of the facility because “this dah fu we.”

Family members for Chiste Garcia were also in attendance and in speaking, Areni Palacio Morgan stated that, “When I speak of Chiste Garcia, I speak in the present tense because his spirit never left us; his passion lives on.”

Also at the opening ceremonies was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sports, Hon. Patrick Faber. In his address he was plain spoken, reminding the audience that there were about 3 ground breakings on the grounds where the ministry of works compound once sat. But it took a UDP government with the use of Petro Caribe Finances for the facility to be constructed. He explained that this was possible through the tireless lobbying of the Area Representative, Hon. Frank ‘Papa’ Mena. He also explained that with new facility will not only serve Dangriga, but the entire south of the country.

While the highlight of Saturday was the opening of the Auditorium, Hon. Frank Papa Mena announced that when he was asking for the auditorium to be named after Chiste, he also asked that the Southern Highway be renamed after the Garifuna hero T.V. Ramos which was granted by Cabinet.