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Mia: Go extra mile for club

Mike King

Mia: Go extra mile for club

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OPPOSITION?LEADER Mia Mottley says sacrifice, teamwork and commitment are ingredients all sports clubs in this country must embody to remain functional in these difficult economic times.
“It is about going the extra mile, putting in the extra effort. These are hard times and nothing is easy and that is why it is so important that unity and partnership-building are so crucial. It’s crucial to have the commitment of members first,” Mottley said Thursday night as she addressed members of Carlton Club on the topic How To Kill A Club.
She called on all club members to rally around their organization.
“The principle I want to leave you with is that this institution will die unless people sacrifice of themselves and if it is two, three or 20, they can’t carry the load. Everyone has to pull their weight,” Mottley said at the Desmond Haynes Oval.
Mottley said each club had to identify those who genuinely loved the club: “If this club requires $150 000 and every year is coming up short by about $60 000, then the first thing that Carlton has to do is to find out who loves this club, who loves it first as members and who loves it second as supporters.
 “Then once you find out that . . . you have to do like Obama: make many people make the task of fund-raising like work,” she said.
Mottley said it was important for the society to build bridges for people from different backgrounds and ages to mix.
“Unless we create bridges in this society for people to mix who would not otherwise mix, unless we get a return of people from different backgrounds, mixing in our clubs and churches, we will continue to live in separate societies within the same country and not appreciate what each other needs and what each other must do,” she said.
Mottley further said no individual or party alone could solve this country’s dire economic ills.
“No BLP [Barbados Labour Party], no DLP [Democratic Labour Party], no one party, no one group can solve the country’s problems. We need leadership to bring the country together.
“If this cricket club is bankrupt, no one man can bring it out of the situation it faces. It has to be teamwork,” she said.
Club president Roger Moore echoed Mottley’s sentiments on the value of teamwork, adding that the importance of club life had become more crucial than ever.
“We are trying to foster the importance of club life. We have about 300 members and what we want from all of them is commitment and the importance of sharing and bonding.
“It is about more than participating in your field of endeavour. When I joined the club in 1980, the seniors took me on board and embraced me.
More than 30 years later as one of the seniors at the club, I am working with all of the youngsters in the club and instilling in them the importance of taking part in the fund-raising activities and the general club life,” he said.
Moore said everyone had to play a part for any club to move to the next level.
“Many of the clubs are struggling and it is unfortunate that those who are making a go of it have to depend on a core of about 20 people to survive.
None of those clubs would survive without that core of 20 senior people. It has to be a more broad-based effort for any club to go forward,” he added.