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Newsletter. Issue 17. August 14 , 2010



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Happy Birthday India - commemorating 63 years of freedom!
Message from G.O.A. Toronto | Posted: 27 Jul 2010 07:33 PM PDT

At midnight on Aug. 15, 1947, a new nation was born on a subcontinent ripped apart by a bloody partition. Independent India came into being as flames blazed across the land, corpse-laden trains crossed the new frontier with Pakistan, and weary refugees abandoned everything to seek a new life. A less favorable start for a new nation could hardly be imagined.

Yet, more than six decades later, the India that emerged from the wreckage of the British is the world's largest democracy, poised after years of rapid economic growth to take its place as one of the giants of the 21st century.

On Saturday, August 14th, 2010, the Consulate General of India in Toronto in conjunction with Panorama India will be hosting India Day at the Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, across from the Eaton Center. The program for the day will include:

  • Patriotic Songs 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Parade 11.00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

  • Flag Hoisting 12.01 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Cultural Programme 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Headliner Performance 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

In celebration of our Indian culture and successes, the G.O.A would like to extend an invitation to you, your family and friends. We hope you will come out to represent the Goan state by joining the grand parade - a 2 km. leisure walk, watching traditional dances of India and enjoying your favourite Indian food.

If you are interested in joining the float or performing a Goan cultural dance, please contact me.

Jai Hind! Jai Bharat!
Marcelina Dias
Cultural Secretary

(905) 828-1274


Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi

Forthcoming Events

  • Sunday 1st August 2010: Medical Insurance Briefing at the Goan Gymkhana from noon, in attendance - Madison Insurance and Resolution Health.

  • Sunday 22nd August 2010: 10th World Goa Day celebrations at the Goan Institute - Holy Mass followed by a feast of our culture.

  • September 10th - 12th 2010: East African Goan Convention - Mombasa.

Please confirm your attendance as soon as possible - for more enquiries please email .

We look forward to seeing you at all the events.


Mark November 6th on Your Calender - Toronto

Lend a helping hand… to Roseleen DeSouza

The Goan Overseas Association will be hosting Lend a Helping hand...to Roseleen DeSouza on November 6th, 2010 at Swagat Banquet Hall, Mississauga. This is our International Charitable event (replacing our World Goa Day Picnic). Funds collected at Lend a Helping hand...will be sent to Mombasa, Kenya to assist Ms. Roseleen DeSouza.

Roseleen was recently diagnosed with cancer and has required hospitalization, medication and chemotherapy. All of which have exhausted her medical insurance. Roseleen has three siblings, one sister lives in Toronto (Marina/Prip DeSouza).

If you are not able to attend Lend a Helping hand...but wish to assist Roseleen, you can send in a donation. Kindly make cheques payable to the Goan Overseas Association (with a note in the memo field re: Roseleen DeSouza), mail to Seira Furtado. 5461 Bestview Way, Mississauga, Ontario L5M 0B1.

As an Association, we would like to pull together and assist Roseleen in an effort to alleviate her financial burdens so that she can focus on her recovery.

Details of Lend a Helping hand...will follow.
Charitable Portfolio, GOA Toronto


Message from Quebec Goan Association – World Goa Day Picnic - Montreal
A Special Invitation To All Goans And Their Friends
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:54:47 -0400

Dear Friends,
You are invited to the "World Goa Day" picnic on Sunday 15th. August at Parc Agrignon, Lasalle, Montreal starting at 9.00am. POT-LUCK LUNCH

Bring a dish [Goan cusine would be great]. Bring all your picnic stuff [chairs, umbrellas, sun-block, snacks, drinks, etc.].

[2001 - 2010]; VIVA GOENCARS


Carlson Wagonlit Travel

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24 September to 05 October 2010 Flying With Emirates Airlines With Stopover in Dubai.
( Nairobi-Lake Manyara- Ngorongoro- Serengeti- Masai Mara).
Cost: Ca$ 4750.00 Includes All Meals & Game Drives & Taxes.
Please Join Us By Contacting Zen De Souza at 416-239-8202
or Leo Lopes at 905-609-5466.
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East African Goan Convention - Mombasa
From: Goan Welfare Society Nairobi )
Sent: August 9, 2010 8:26:32 AM

The 6th East African Goan Convention will be held from Friday the 10th of September 2010 to Sunday the 12th of September 2010. Charges for the Covention season ticket are Kshs 2,500/- for adults and Kshs 2,000/- for children under 12, children under 5 are free of charge.

The programme is as follows :

  • Friday 10th September 2010
    7pm Registration
    8pm Cultural Show followed by Swahili BBQ dinner 

  • Saturday 11th September 2010
    8:30am - 12:30pm Convention
    12:45 Mass followed by Lunch
    4pm - 6pm Youth sports / games
    8pm Gala Dinner Dance 

  • Sunday 12th September 2010
    Free morning to explore Mombasa
    12 noon Lunch at the Mombasa Institute

Reef Hotel Accomodation

Please note the details, regarding accommodation at the Reef Hotel, are as follows:

  • Room rates per night on Bed & Breakfast basis :
    Single Ksh 3600/-
    Double Ksh 5200/-
    Triple Ksh 7000/-

  • Two children ( under 5 years) , sharing parents room, free with Bed & Breakfast.

  • Children (age limit 6 -15 years) sharing, on Bed & Breakfast basis, pay Ksh1300/- per child i.e. Ksh 2600/- for 2 children in one room.

The rates at the hotels, on the beach, close to the venue, are not as competitive as The Reef Hotel. The organising committee have negotiated the best deal possible with the hotel.

However, simple, decent, ‘no frills’ accommodation is available at The Pastoral Centre. The Pastoral Centre is run by the Catholic Diocese of Mombasa and it has retreat -centre facilities. It is on the island adjacent to St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Tudor and is about 5 kms away from The Reef Hotel.

Single room Ksh1000/- Bed & Breakfast
Double room Ksh1500/- BB ( Ksh 750/- per person sharing )

The centre has 21 double rooms, all ensuite and can accommodate 42 people.

For those intending to travel by air - please see rates below, for more details please contact Antoinette at: Acharya Travel Upper Hill Office , Telephone 2710912/2711085/2711334

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