🕓 April 28, 2011
Pictures: Leo Mendonca
Dubai, Apr 28: "It is indeed an honor for me to celebrate Easter with my fellow parishioners residing in the Emirates. In my last 7 years of service in Kanajar parish, LKAE members have been celebrating occasions with their loved ones back home and I am really touched by this unstinted love towards your homeland. I am proud of you all" – Fr. Alwyn said in his speech. On the 28th of April, over 120 Lourdes Kanajar members & their families came together to celebrate the joyous occasion of Easter at Dubai’s Al-Mas Hotel.
The program started at 9.00 pm with Fr. Alwyn D’Cunha invoking God’s blessings and Hilda
D’Souza reading prayers of the faithful. A well-known singer cum presenter Dony Correa called
on LKAE president Joy D’Souza to escort the guests onto the dais, mainly Jossy Mathias of Merit
Freight Systems, John Menezes and Frank Lobo of Galaxy Star Electromechanical Works and the chief
guest Rev. Fr. Alwyn D’cunha.
President in his welcome speech thanked everyone for accepting LKAEs invitation & briefed on the recent developmental activities of the association. Stan D’Souza introduced the chief guest and Thomas Saldanha presented a slide show on LKAE’s key achievements in the last 10 years. Ex-LKAE member Aloysius D’Souza had specially flown in from Doha-Qatar to attend the function. Fr. Alwyn D’Cunha acknowledged the efforts of LKAE and wished further success in its future endeavors. Elsie Lobo proposed vote of thanks.
A comedy skit was presented by LKAE yuva team Dalia Saldanha, Steve D’Souza, Johan Saldanha,
Shaun D’Souza and Vian Barboza. Lenita, Dalia and Chams presented dance numbers to the tunes of
popular Bollywood songs. It was a fun-filled evening with lots of spot prizes, games, and rib-tickling
jokes in kannada and konkani.
The singing sensation duo Donny & Asha Correa presented few foot tapping numbers & kept the entertainment quotient at its peak throughout the evening.
A delicious dinner was served at 11.00 pm prepared by Canara Restaurant. After the housie game, there was a brief felicitation program for 10 new members and Fr. Alwyn D’Cunha presented them with a flower bouquet. The program was ably conducted by Donny Correa.