Abu Dhabi: Konkani Cultural Organization (K.C.O.) – Premier Konkani Organization held its 21st Annual General Meeting on October 16..
During the meeting, Founder President of KCO, veteran entrepreneur and energetic community leader Leo Rodrigues was elected as the President for the year 2015 – 2016. Leo has been serving the association since its inception and was mainly responsible for the revival of KCO. Leo is well known for his philanthropic and social work among the Konkani speaking community in Abu Dhabi as well as in the UAE. His versatile leadership will definitely add extra zeal among members. This is the 6th time Leo is being installed as the President of KCO.
Dynamic youth leaders Canute Kelarai and Amitha Costa were elected as General Secretary and Treasurer respectively for the forthcoming year. Both are known to be dedicated members of the organization and will be ably supporting Leo in his responsibility.
The other office bearers inducted to the present committee are:
Vice President – Vivek Serrao
Joint Secretary – Claudia Lydia Lobo
Auditor – Franklyn D’Cunha
Entertainment Secretary – Benette D Mello
Sports Secretary – Sandya Vas
Media Co-ordinator – Valerian Fernandes
Advisory Committee –Dolphy Vas, Michael D’Silva and Gerald D’Mello
The outgoing President Michael D’Silva thanked the members for their support and urged them to give the same support and cooperation to the new president.
Leo Rodrigues in his speech requested members to work hard towards achieving the goals set by KCO of helping the needy, especially people suffering from serious illness.
KCO has been growing in popularity year after year and has become well known both in the UAE as well in India for their benevolent work in helping the needy and deserving students. They have initiated several scholarships through Samanvaya in Mangaluru and have been helping scores of people suffering with critical diseases. They are involved in various social, cultural and religious activities in Abu Dhabi.
The induction of Leo Rodrigues will add new vigour to the vibrant organization and bolster their efforts in working selflessly towards the downtrodden and needy people in the society, especially in the Dakshina Kannada District.