In a recent announcement that celebrates both cricketing excellence and community service, it has been disclosed that special $2 notes featuring the iconic image of West Indies cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards are poised to enter circulation. Commencing December 6, these distinctive banknotes will be made available in financial institutions across Eastern Caribbean countries.
The unveiling of this commemorative currency took place in Antigua during a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. Sir Vivian Richards, a cricketing icon, expressed his heartfelt gratitude, describing the recognition as a realization of a lifelong dream. He attributed his success to the unwavering self-belief instilled by his late parents.
Receiving the inaugural $2 note from the bank, Sir Vivian remarked, “To be honored in such a way is something dreams are made of,” according to statements on islandpressbox.com.
Beyond the symbolic currency release, Sir Vivian Richards will further contribute to the community through a charity golf tournament. The event aims to generate funds for the Antigua & Barbuda Renal Society, supporting individuals grappling with kidney failure. In a show of support, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has pledged XCD$25,000 towards this charitable cause.
Sir Vivian’s selection for this prestigious honor is grounded in his profound impact on the West Indian community and his resolute stance on critical issues affecting black Caribbean individuals. Viewing cricket as more than just a sport, he perceives it as a Caribbean contribution to the global struggle against racism and white supremacy.