Don Bosco Oratory Award Nite 2015 – 2016

Don Bosco Oratory Award Nite 2015 – 2016

Kuwait: Thursday 23 Jun 2016, Salmiya – Don Bosco Oratory (DBO) felicitated their Football, Field Hockey, Basketball and Academy players recognising them for their outstanding performance and achievements for season 2015 – 2016 awards function held at IEAS on 23rd June 2016.

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Don Bosco Oratory Committee presenting the Salesian Fathers a memento team photos of the three sports DBO fields

The guest in a crowd of 264 including the teams representing Don Bosco Oratory in the various fields of sports, among those recognised were “Most Valuable Players” of the season 2015/2016.

Fr Blany Pinto – sdb, Fr Derrick Misquitta –sdb and Fr Francisco Pereira – sdb made it a night to remember for all the Don Bosco Oratory members. The event began with a minute silence remembering the 8 children who passed away in a horrific accident at Trasi Village of Kundapur, Udupi district. Also remembering Fr Francis Kharjia – sdb, Lorraine (sister of Fr. Derrick), and other Friends from the sports arena who passed away this year.

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The evening was inaugurated by Fr Blany Pinto – sdb, Rector of the Salesian community here in Kuwait. Fr Blany Pinto in his welcome speech said ….

“I’m aspired by the Oratory, not every Don Bosco Institute has been successful. We are very happy and very proud that Don Bosco Institute in Kuwait has such a lively and enthusiastic Oratory. I’m aware that all those who belong to the Oratory are largely they are Past Pupils and others are those who love Don Bosco are now the members of this Oratory. We are aware and we know in the early days Don Bosco began his work with the Oratory, although the scope of that Oratory which Don Bosco began and the scope of this Oratory may not match totally, but one thing is common…Young vibrant youth.”

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He went to say “Watching a DBO match I was surprised to know the age of some of our players…Some elderly, but yet energetic and some young and skilful. I want to appreciate each and every player who played for Don Bosco Oratory and those who are groomed in the academy and like some of their friends make the senior team. To all the players in the Football team, Hockey team Basketball team and the Academy I wish you all the best! Like Mary Lou Retton said “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever” I thank the Committee and The Mentor Fr Franco Pereira – sdb for building the ambience of love and the fellowship which is enjoyed at the Oratory. We are here adhering and not to compete, we want to win but there is much more we win as a team. As a Rector of the Don Bosco community here and as a friend, let us continue this good spirit we have, the spirit of fighting but more than that the spirit of fellowship.”

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The young budding talent in music from IEAS performed and showcased their talents playing Eagles “Hotel California” and a Jazz piece “The group – Nash Menezes, Joel Filipe, Elrich Miranda and Jacob Abraham”, who mesmerised the audience.

Another two young dancers Calder Dias and Christa Vincent performed on Anna Kendrick‘s – Cup (When I am gone) track, a superb performance by both young and talented performers. Both graceful and light on their feet moved to the perfection beat of the music.

Fr Derrick Misquitta – sdb, presented the awards to the young budding stars of the DBO Academy. Don Bosco Oratory participates in the Kuwait Academies Football Association (KAFA) league tournaments in the under 10 years / 12 years / 14 years and under 16 years’ categories.

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Fr Franco Pereira – sdb, presented the awards to the Basketball and Field Hockey players and the Sportsman of the year awards to:

Hockey: Shaya Aldo (Goal Keeper)
Soccer: Projot Naik (Forward)
Allwyn Mendes (Half)
Basketball: Joey Fernandes (Shooting guard)

Certificates and Awards were presented to all the players and to the Team Managers and Coaches for their guidance and support towards the players.

Football : Carlos Fernandes, Stephen Fernandes, and Valenky Rodriguez
Hockey: Savio Richards, Bruno Trinidad, and Sherwin Dsouza
Basketball: Clarence Pires and Philip Duarte

For the Juniors

Simon Anthony, Loyed Mascarenhas, Leslie D’Souza, Liston Raju, and Angelo Quadros.

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Fr Franco Pereira – sdb, who is the Mentor and Guide of the Oratory, delivered the vote of thanks. He thanked the IEAS management Fr Derrick Misquitta (Director) Fr Blany Pinto (Rector) Fr Lionel Braganza (Principal) for the premises and support towards the Oratory. He also thanked the DBO Committee for a well planned and organised event for the players. “Don Bosco Oratory is very active conducting various activities in Kuwait for the young and old alike,” he said. Fr Franco listed the few events organized by DBO (A) Inter School Basketball Tournament for boys and girls under 12 yrs / 14 yrs and 16 yrs (B) Open Basketball Tournament for Men (C) Sports Mania (Box Cricket for Men, Box Cricket for Ladies, Rink Football for Men, Carom and Table Tennis tournaments) in the Rink Football and Box Cricket we get around 24 teams participating in each tournament.

Fr Franco also mentioned that “Oratory will be adding new events where families participate as a team” it’s about friendship and bonding to build a healthy community.

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The nite ended with the cutting of a well-designed cake sponsored by Stephen Fernandes the Vice President of DBO and later on with some good delicious food by Chop Sticks. In the prayer before meals lead by Fr Derrick Misquitta – sdb, he mentioned the reason we are gathered is because of Don Bosco; it is he who has brought us together under the banner of Don Bosco and ended it with all singing the Don Bosco Anthem “Raise your voices”

Long live Don Bosco, Viva DBO

Report by: Christopher Fernandes

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