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Events : MAC celebrates Monthi Fest (Feast of Nativity) 2018 on Sept 9th
on 2018/7/8 13:05:43 (180 reads)
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Monthi Fest (Feast of Nativity) 2018

Events : MAC Annual Picnic – 2018
on 2018/7/8 12:52:34 (145 reads)
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Report by Janet D’souza
Photography by Ivan Lobo

June 23, 2018 dawned cloudy and unpredictable with no hint or even a glimmer of sunshine. Anxious eyes scanned the Weather Network and frantic looks turned towards the skies trying to read between the stormy clouds and rain. Nevertheless, brave Mangalorean's flocked to the Annual Picnic organised by the Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) at the Meadowvale Conservation Park, Mississauga. After some warm breakfast, socializing and prayers for sunshine, safety and fun, the picnic was an official "go". A round of free Bingo set the mood for the picnic while the MAC banner and gazebo was set up.

The MAC team did a great job of being creative with the organized group games for all the picnic participants. With the blow of a whistle and blaring megaphone announcements, games such as Head or Tail, Don’t drop the Ball and Distribute the Cards were conducted. These were a huge success with children between the ages of 2-10 years. All contestants received a tasty treat while the winners won prizes. Men and women participated with great enthusiasm and displayed their competitive talents. Each game was designed to bring families and friends closer and enhance the community spirit. Our seniors displayed their enthusiasm and mettle with the Ring Toss, an innovative and fun game that required aim and a keen eye. The Water Balloon Throw is one of the most popular organized games among all people and this year, there was a serpentine queue of participants. People coached their partners on throwing and catching techniques. With much yelling and screaming and at the blow of the whistle, the balloons broke and drenched the unfortunate but the lucky winners were the ones who caught the water balloon without breaking it.

The volley ball and throw ball games generated great competitive and friendly spirits as spectator’s yelled encouragement to the teams. People participated wholeheartedly and enjoyed an aggressive game of throw ball and volleyball. The Tug-O-War contest was elevated to an Olympic sport at the MAC picnic as men and women girded their loins and put in their best effort. Men and women, children and teens did not hesitate to form teams and in a show of unity heaved themselves to victory and the other team to defeat. When the gauntlet was thrown, the challenge was accepted – men against women in a test of strength, strategy and numbers. Women were the winners in this sport of brute strength.

The potluck during lunch was a medley of dishes – tasty Mangalorean delicacies interspersed with pasta, crepes and scrumptious desserts. Freshly brewed ginger and cardamom tea accompanied by tea biscuits were served to provide some respite from the cooler temperatures and misty rain. While the people sipped on their tea, MAC organized another round of Bingo. Monetary prizes were awarded to the delight of the crowd and the winners walked away with a tidy amount. Paul and Irene Mathias, founder members of MAC have been a consistent support to MAC throughout the years. One of their contributions involves providing fresh juicy watermelons at the picnic and this year, the tradition continued to the utter delight of the picnic participants.

As the sun slowly sank and children slowed their pace, it was time to pack up and leave a much enjoyed community picnic. This event would not have been possible without the efforts of MAC members, who worked hard to ensure that the picnic was a resounding success. A special shout out to Olwin and Vidya Pereira who organized, managed and executed a flawless picnic program with outstanding results. Finally, our sincere appreciation goes to the Mangalorean community and the volunteers without whom there would be no picnic.

For pictures of the event click on link below:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9bLJVjemhTS2L32YA

Events : MAC celebrates Family Social 2018 in grandeur
on 2018/6/10 0:09:31 (448 reads)
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News: Janet D'Souza
Pics: Jerson Marques

The walls of Payal Banquet Hall, Mississauga reverberated with toe tapping and hip swinging music and the cheers of over 500 guests as the Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) concluded another successful social event, the annual ‘Family Social’ recently.

It was an exceptional accomplishment with a fusion of activities and music. People abandoned their inhibitions and danced to the pulsating music of reggae, hip-hop and the melodious strains of the waltz and jive. The band, Memory Lane and DJ Kaya made the event even more memorable with their fantastic music and singing.

With a warm welcome at around 7 pm, Kenneth Alemao, the compere, announced the 'Family Social' formally open to the festivities. The band started with some mellow music to get everyone warmed up and in the mood. Announcements for delicious appetizers and house keeping rules followed and once done, line dancing was up next. Everyone enthusiastically participated in line dancing which can be great fun and liberating, but at the same time requires choreography, precision, coordination and collaboration.

The pinnacle of the 'Family Social' was the dance competition. There were two categories: Jive and Cha Cha Cha. Both categories were open to all and there were 10 registrations for the event. In two rounds, six couples were shortlisted based on their performance and technicalities. With unparalleled excitement and cheered on by an animated crowd accompanied by exhilarating music, the couples performed their dances extraordinarily well. Sadly, there could only be three winners. The jive competition was won by Lloyd and Ayesha in the first place, Raveen and Natalia in the second and Kenneth and Trina, the third place. In the Cha Cha Cha category, the winners were Raveen and Natalia (1st place), Nikhil and Aurea (2nd place) and Wilson and Karen (3rd place). While the guests recovered from the excitement of the competitions, Memory Lane played music to entice the youth onto the dance floor who responded with unbridled energy and liveliness.

Fr Edwin D'Souza led the Grace and he thanked God for showering his blessings and encouraged the association to continue their contributions to the community. Dinner was served which was a spectacular buffet of salads, vegetables, meat and desserts created to please all kinds of palates and fussy eaters. Manohar Pais, the president of MAC addressed the audience, thanked the guests for their support and participation, summarized the triumphs of the association and highlighted the generosity of the sponsors.

The main sponsor, Alex Khuzel of Sutton Real Estate, addressed the audience and gave away prizes to the winners of a quick draw. CC, the Financial Centre Manager (Sun Life Financial) also spoke briefly to the audience and gave away prizes. Each sponsor was honoured was welcomed on stage and presented with a rose. The attractive door prizes and abundant raffle prizes entranced and allured the guests who rushed in a frenzy to buy tickets. The much-anticipated raffle was an extraordinary success with a 50/50 draw. The winners of the raffle draw were John D'Souza, Manuela D'Cunha and Milton D'Mello. MAC will generously donate its 50% of the winnings towards a charity of its choice.

A special note of appreciation goes to Jersen Marques who captured the event with his lens. He helped create memories with his amazing pictures and captured moments that will be treasured by all the guests. MAC expresses its gratitude to the guests who attended the 'Family Social' and ensured its overwhelming success. MAC acknowledges and applauds the support, commitment and dedication of all its members and volunteers who worked hard to organize an event of this magnitude.


For pictures of the event click on link below:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/rYpFL1MGDUe4VjvK8

For sponsors of the event click on below link:

http://www.macsaunsar.com/uploads/MAC_booklet_2018.pdf

Events : MAC Family Summer Picnic 2018 on Saturday June 23rd - Flyer
on 2018/5/22 21:31:27 (359 reads)
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MAC Family Picnic 2018

Events : MAC SOCIAL 2018 on May 5th - Flyer
on 2018/2/15 16:15:54 (867 reads)
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MAC Social 2018

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