🕓 September 27, 2002
Kuwait, Sep 27: Kanajar Welfare Association, Kuwait (KWAK) organized a get together open to all Mangaloreans on Friday, the 27th of September, 2002 at the Mishref Gardens, Kuwait. This is one of the major events organized by KWAK annually to bring about unity among people from the Canara region and also to promote/update the progress of Lourdes Healthcare Hospital (LHH), currently under construction in Kanajar.
After serving a light breakfast organized by Inas Menezes, the program started with
a Prayer by Astra Saldanha, followed by a warm and appealing welcome speech by KWAK
President Lawrence D'Souza, who also introduced and welcomed the Chief Guest of the day,
Mr. Charles D'Sa. Baby Lenita D'Souza presented the Chief Guest with a bouquet. In his
brief address, Mr. D'Sa, who is also a Sponsor of LHH, congratulated the community on the
inception and fast progress of the project. He also wished the event a grand success.
Reeda Saldanha, Hilda D'Souza and Rose Mary Mendonca then took charge of games for children in three different age groups, followed by a fun-filled game for adults by Nancy Lobo. Under the supervision of Vice-President Walter Lobo, over 100 men and women tried their full strength with the shot put proving one better than the other. Robert D'Souza was the overall in-charge of games.
Lawrence Saldanha, the Chairman of Lourdes Kanajar Charitable Trust (Regd.), while updating
the progress of the project; highlighted the benefits of working collectively and emphasized the
need to think in terms of community development & prosperity. He appreciated the role
played by KWA members throughout the Gulf and back home to ensure that the first
pilot project undertaken by Kanajarians is a huge success so that it becomes a
living example for others to follow. An updated brochure was then released by
distinguished guest of the day, Mr. John Hislop, General Manager of M/s Abdulla
Rejab AlRifai Co. Mr. Hislop, a British Citizen who has been closely associated
with Indians for most part of his life admired Kanajarians for their selfless
work in the area of economic development of the community. He then honored the
contributors of LHH with a bouquet.
Following prayer before meal by Hilda D'Souza, delicious and mouth-watering meal was served by well known Tip Top Caterers headed by Johny Suratkal under the supervision of Dennis D'Souza. Benedict Saldanha supported by Prakash Saldanha and Anthony Miranda kept the crowd cool with variety of soft drinks. As the crowd settled for lunch, some enthusiastic young men and women came forward to show their talents in singing, dancing & mimicry. Unable to resist the tempting high-beat music provided by popular band "DJ MIX" headed by none other than Kanajar-Mangalore DJ duo M/s Dinesh D'Silva & Joyson D'Souza, the crowd plunged into the open ground for masala dance, which lasted for well over an hour, which followed by a game of Housie.
Before the commencement of popular fun games like tug of war and kabaddi, prizes were
distributed to winners of various games, housie, spot and bucket raffle. Jecintha Pinto, the
general secretary of KWAK proposed a vote of thanks.
While Mr. Paul Aranha provided free photography for the event, Mr. Steven Machado and Mr. Rudolf D'Souza ably compéred the program.