Mangaluru: Konkani Cultural Organisation, Abu Dhabi’s premier organisation striving to preserve culture and improve lives of fellow brethren back home through it’s KCO Trust organised a event to disburse scholarships to economically backward deserving students in and around the City.
The event in association with Samanvaya Mangalore was held at Bajpe Church Hall on Sunday October 16.
The event began with prayer followed by welcome address by KCO Trust Advisor CA Valerian Dalmaida.
In his opening remarks, Dalmaida briefed about the activities of KCO at Abu Dhabi and KCO Trust at Mangaluru. “It’s hardearned money of people who want to make a difference to the homeland. Make sure that it is well utilised,” he said. Further he also invited all well wishers to support the Trust so that the good deeds can be continued in the years to come.
Samanvaya Mangaluru Manager Fr. Pius Fidelis Pinto informed the gathering about the activities of Samanvaya and the nexus between KCO and Samanvaya. He advised the students to study well and be the sources of encouragement once they start earning.
Chief Guest Stany D’Souza in his message asked the students to remember what KCO has done for them and urged them to be a better citizens by inculcating the good motive and intentions like the KCO members.
Scholarships worth Rs. 4.10 lakh were handed over to 23 students by guests present on the stage.
KCO Abu Dhabi’s Past President Michael D’Silva in his presidential address narrated his experience of reaching out to needy and the joy of giving. He told the students that they are been chosen to get the benefits of this scholarships so that they can achieve their goals and they should be dedicated to reach greater heights.
KCO Past Presidents Winston D’Souza, Robert Rego, Gerald D’Mello, ex members Melville Pinto, Donald D’Silva, Canute Jeevan Pinto and Victor Gerald Lobo were present.
Samanvaya Director Fr. Ronald Cutinha coordinated and conducted the programme. Robert Rego delivered the vote of thanks.