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    Anna D'Cruz and Jennifer Mascarenhas

    Dubai, November 8:   The clear skies and gentle breeze of the pleasant November season was beckoning one and all to an outing to the Zabeel Park arena from where the panoramic background of Dubai skyscrapers and landmarks i.e. Burj Al Khalifa could be viewed.    Enjoying the early pleasant weather outdoor, the 500 + picnickers started flowing steadily towards Zabeel Park to join in the fun with SMKC Dubai.

    The weather turned out to be ideal setting for the FAMILY FUN day on Friday, 8th November at Zabeel Park, Dubai, organized by St. Mary’s Konkan Community (SMKC) Dubai.  The day was reserved for a get together for family and friends, young and old, bachelor or married bachelor /spinster and all joined together as ONE LARGE FAMILY of the Konkan world. SMKC Dubai members assembled at Gate No. 1 of Dubai Zabeel Park at 8.30 A.M.   The breakfast of hot idli Vada & Sambar and tea was relishing.


    SMKC Dubai Volunteers posing for a moment!

    The program began at sharp 10.15 A.M.   Sr. Irene Noronha, Headmistress of St. Anne’s School on a visit from Mangalore en route from Holy Land Tour started with a prayer followed by Mrs. Veronica Rego, President SMKC Dubai extending a warm and cordial welcome to one and all.

    For the first time, “FRIDAY FARMER’s MARKET” concept was introduced at the FUN DAY.  Jumble Sale of Juices, Chocolates & other goodies were done at nominal prices.    To get the crowd into action, the warm up games were conducted by Godwin Rodrigues & Jennifer Mascarenhas.  SMKC Volunteers got into action with “Last Man on Paradise, MALA O MALA, PAGDI (Turban) dance.  Signatures, Cartoon character for kids, SMKC website and Spice world” Competitions were going on in the morning side by side. Separate games for of children of different AGE group were conducted - PICK the LOOT for 0-2 years,   Run Rabbit Run for 3-7 years, Cookie slip to eat for 8-13 years, Balloon Wave - Over and Under PASS for Teens.


    As mid noon approached, the crowd enthusiastically got divided into 4 teams – S (Sky blue  - Sunktaa Bhenda), M – Mangalorean,  K (Kubhay Mutling) C – Creative Minds. Colorful ribbons were distributed to distinguish the members of the respective groups and the team was then asked to select their Team Captains.  Group Games i.e.  S M K C has Talent’ Competitions such as AIRPORT Destinations, MODKI PUTTUCHEY, POP CORN SWAYAMVARA, Laughing Gas  i.e. MAD ADS based on Eco friendly issues were conducted.

    Piping hot sumptuous Mangalorean meal lunch was relished by all.  Fr. Melwin D’cunha, Carmelite from Mangalore led the grace before meals.


    The highlight of the evening were many :

    Ø  “LUNGI DANCE” when the enthusiastic youngsters and oldies just lifted their lungies and danced their blues away. 

    Ø  Children’s “Fancy Dress” competition when the young kids were dressed as SKELETON, PIRATES, WATER Drop, Disney world, Halloween, Rajasthani, Arabic Gent and Lady,  Sun, Egg Omelet who stole the hearts of people gathered there cheering their talents

    Ø  “World Citizens Parade” was a hit with the whole group paraded dancing around the park to the tune of “Harry’s Band”. 


    Everyone gathered were waiting for the result of the team action and play.  The final emerging winners were K group (Kale Green – Kubai Mutling ) and S – Sky Blue – Suukta Bhenda (Runner up) teams.  Winners were selected for each category of games, judged by prominent persons - Sr. Irene Noronha, Mrs. Shobha Mendonca, Mrs. Maria D’souza & Mr. Shane D’souza. 

    Over the 12+ years, SMKC has reached many especially deserving students to study the higher professional courses.   This year many had approached the organization and SMKC Dubai had conducted 2 other events during year 2013 :

    -          SMKC CARES”-   on on 22 March 2013 -  Lenten season - Reach out event  to Labour camp in Al Quoz.

    -          “SURF n CARE” – in June through advertisement of Sponsors’ company name and profile on the dedicated website www.konkanuae.com.  

    Funds were raised to top up the “SMKC Dubai Education Trust Fund” whereby Engineers, Doctors, MBA students are educated by paying their annual academic fees of Rs. 50,000/- each year per student.    In order to avoid big expenses and hassle of conducting an actual event in Dubai, amount was raised just for education 0f such students through our generous Sponsors who have backed the organization for 12 + years since inception in OCTOBER 2001.


    Auction of remaining goodies after sale was done when the benevolent James Mendonca, Reliable Fabricators bidded straight away without asking. Late evening, BINGO was conducted by Alwyn Pinto to the full attention of the big crowd. Food hampers by Spinneys, food stuff from Al Sharq Al Aqssa Trading Est. & Emirates Macaroni factory, Beauty Vouchers by Bint Al Mulooq & Queen Crown, various electronic and household items donated by Wonder Chain Trading Co and SMKC members themselves were given away to the winners.  Mr. Joseph Mathias of Merit Freight Shipping did the honors of giving away the prizes to children and adults and team winners.    Lots of spot prizes were given away for the youngest / oldest person during the whole day of fun and frolic.


    The  proceeds of the entire event will be distributed to 3 of many ADHOC projects in the hands of SMKC Dubai:

    v  Snehalaya Project, Thalapady Post, Mangalore

    v  St. Joseph Church construction at Sagar, Shimoga  (Fr. Venus Colaco)

    v  The Cheshire Home, Mangalore


    The entire program was compered by Godwin & Jennifer in Konkani, Hindi & English to suit the young and old.  Alwyn Pinto acting as a Clown entertained the little children and also the adults.  DJ Wendell pumped up the adrenaline of the crowd with energy and enthusiasm by playing non-stop music from morning until dusk with BAILA at the end.  As usual crowd was reluctant to go home asking for more foot tapping music on the lush green grass.  



    Evening high tea was served at 4.15 PM and every one left having thoroughly enjoyed the fun and frolic of the picnic organized by the St. Mary’s Konkan Community (SMKC) DUBAI until 6.00 PM.  


    The crowd was in full praise for the disciplined, well organized FAMILY FUN DAY. Some even showed the bag full of gifts and goodies that they were carrying home for their participation in various games and team fun.


    It turned out to be as announced “ONE LARGE COMMUNITY**ONE BIG FAMILY **ONE SPECIAL FUN DAY” which served a dual purpose “to wipe tears & bring more smiles” this year.


    By:  Anna D’cruz &  Jennifer Mascarenhas

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