|GCO Picnic 2012|
|Written by Gayle Veronica Araujo|
|Thursday, 25 October 2012|
The Goan community of Oman (GCO) organized its annual picnic on Friday 19th of October at the Barka farm. Assembly was at 8 o’clock at the Ruwi post office in CBD.
Luckily the weather was with us, and all were looking forward to some good-natured and wholesome fun. We departed to the farm in 3 buses as we sang goan songs and played travel games till we reached our destination.
The picnic began with a morning prayer led by our spiritual coordinator of the GCO Mrs. Sara Fernandes, followed by breakfast as the DJ entertained the picnickers with some light music. After breakfast, we moved on to have our first game of the day for the ladies. It was a balloon race in which they had to place a balloon in between their knees and race to the finish line without dropping it down. There were semis and then a final. A very enthusiastic group of ladies indeed.
Next we had a game for the youth. They had to pass a marker pen using their toes with hands at the back. It was highly amusing to watch them try to balance and pass the marker. As and when the DJ stopped the music the one with the marker got out and finally emerged one winner. The two games were followed with a dance session. Dj’s Akshay and Sean played lovely slow and jive numbers that kept the picnickers tapping their feet. No goan picnic is complete without the famous Goan masalas. Everybody danced very enthusiastically till lunch time. The youth had a fabulous time with recent foot tapping numbers as well and in the meanwhile the crowd also used the swimming pool to maximum advantage to beat the heat.
After lunch all joined in religiously for the divine mercy prayer at 3 o’clock lead by our GCO committee member Mrs. Ida Lopez. Then it was time for the age old game of housie. We had lovely prizes up for grabs sponsored by Omantel, Maze, Fahmy Furniture and Muna Noor. After the game of housie, we had a game for our strapping men in the picnic. They had to tie an inflated balloon to their foot and when the music begun, with their hands at the back, had to try and burst their opponents balloons. The last man standing was the winner.
The evening ended with a mention of all our upcoming events for the year and prize distribution for the winners of all the games .The vote of thanks was given by Mr. Herman Estibeiro, Cultural Coordinator of the GCO.
We would like to thank our sponsors and all the members who were directly or indirectly involved in the organization of the picnic and look forward to your unending support as always.
Gayle Veronica Araujo
Youth Co-ordinator, GCO
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