Dubai: Moving In New Direction (MIND), that is heading towards charity and help for poor children’s education back in India, celebrated its 1st annual day celebration along with the Nativity feast at Wide Range Restaurant, Karama-Dubai here on September 18.
Founder of Team MIND, Clevan Martis and Treasurer Novel Almeida hosted the show. Team MIND Advisor, Sebastian Lobo welcomed the gathering. The program began with the traditional celebration of the Nativity feast of Mother Mary. Children joyfully offered flowers to Mother Mary, while all sang traditional Konkani hymns “Sakkad Sangatha Melyann” and “Moriyyek Hogolsiyan”. Thereafter, the blessed Novem (new harvest) in milk was served to all and children were offered sweets.
As the day coincided with Vinayaka Chaturthi, Clevan Martis wished all our Hindu brothers and sisters on the occasion, making it a triplet celebration. Thereafter, the welcome dance was performed by Josephine and Vandana.
President Peter D’Souza read the annual report and the achievements of Team MIND in the year 2014-15. The new core committee for the year 2015-16 was announced by the president. The new members are: President – Peter D’Souza, vice president – Livinston, secretary – Josephine Pinto, Treasurer – Novel Almeida, Auditor – Santhosh Noronha, Ladies wing secretary and Cultural Secretary – Vandan Salian Kotian, Spiritual Secretary – Flavy Martis, Media representative – Ritesh Pinto, Data Controller – Sweeta Pinto, Sports Secretary – Amith Castelino and Advisors – Sebastian Lobo and Monica D’Souza.
Variety and fusion dances were performed by Rosanne, Joanne, Joylin, Josephine, Vandana and Aloma. Hilarious Skits were performed by Clevan, Novel, Ritesh, Sweeta and Ruby. Various spot games, Housie housie, Raffle draw, etc. were also conducted. A traditional vegetarian meal was served to all.
Vote of thanks was delivered by the Peter D’Souza. Team MIND has just begun their journey towards a great cause of education and they look forward for support from the Indian society in Dubai and other Emirates.