Kuwait Canara Welfare Association (KCWA) celebrated Christmas under the leadership of its president Albert Praveen Menezes on Friday December 4, 2015 in Khaitan, Kuwait. Fr Noel D’Almeida was the chief guest. The programme started with a prayer led by Satish Saldanha, followed by the welcome speech by president Albert Praveen Menezes.
Merit scholarships and mementos were distributed to children of the members who excelled in the academic year 2014-15. Alwyn Noronha led the proceedings of the merit scholarship awards. Sponsors of the event were felicitated by Fr Noel D’Almieda. The newly designed website was relaunched during the event. Allan D’Souza Paladka was felicitated for designing the website. Fr Noel delivered the Christmas message to the gathering.
Winners of Talent Competition Group Dance in Junior, Senior and Adults section performed their dances. GVOM winner Morvin along with other members enthralled the audience with foot tapping songs. Lucy Aranha and team sailed the gathering into the world of laughter with their skits.
A painting was auctioned among the audience. Vincent Flavia D’Souza won the painting in auction. The master piece was created by Trevor Pacheco. Lots of spot prizes were awarded during the event. The Salmiya Choir Group led by Kiran Gonsalves sang the Christmas carols. Children were excited as the Santa made his entry. Goodies were distributed to the kids. Housie-Housie was conducted by Stephen Machado.
Members’ Affairs Coordinator Vijay D’Souza conducted Members’ draws for the active members present at the venue, and also for the renewal of the memberships for 2016. A hamper draw was held with fabulous prizes during the event. Gilbert Mathias bagged a gift for highest hamper sales. KCWA online Christmas quiz winner Mackline D’Souza was presented with a gift.
Louis D’Costa delivered the vote of thanks and Fr Noel recited the grace before meals prayer. The programme was well compered by Deepak Andrade and Manohar Prabhu, and it was coordinated by Leena Fernandes, well supported by the Management Committee Members.