Nov 17 : ICYM Neermarga Unit organized ‘Gadyanth Udkana’- Rural Sports on 13th November 2022, in which the Parishioners participated with great enthusiasm and fanfare. The sprawling paddy field at Kambla, Merlapadav wore a festive look with bunting decorations. The Inaugural Function was presided over by Rev Fr Anil D Mello- Parish Priest. Mr. Ravi Saldanha- Vice President -Parish Pastoral Council, Jelroy- ICYM President, Mr. Sandeep Misquith- ICYM Animator were present on the dais. The event commenced with March Past depicting the theme ‘The Present World Situation’ which was a thrilling sight for the spectators as the proud 4 teams marched to the music played fostering the qualities of teamwork, leadership, concentration and hard work. The youth then raised their hearts and minds to the Almighty God through a Prayer Song. Rev Fr Anil D Mello in his edifying message explained the methods to train one’s mind to develop self-control. He further spotlighted the meaning, traits and the importance of good sportsmanship through Bible Citation. He also expressed his best wishes to the participants competing in different events.

The participants then raised their hands and voiced in unison the oath administered by Rovin- the sports secretary, promising to take part in different events honestly.

Children, men, women , youth and even the elderly participated ward-wise with great determination and eagerness in various events such as Bombing the City Game with a twist, Running Race, Tug of War, 3-Legged Race, Balancing Cups Game, Blind Throw, Relay Race, Reverse Running, Egg Race, Pulling the Arecanut Leaf and Balloon Throw. Derick Machado compered the Inaugural ceremony, Jelroy Vas welcomed the gathering and Melvita proposed the Vote of Thanks.

The Paddy Field Games came to an end with the valedictory ceremony Rev Fr Anil D Mello, Parish Priest, in his inspirational speech congratulated the ICYM office bearers for organizing a fun filled day for the Parishioners with refreshing and revitalizing games . He appreciated and thanked the sponsors and Mr. Walter Saldanha and his Family for lending the paddy field for conducting the games. He esteemed the sincerity and dedication of the participants for giving their best in all the events.

Anil John Sequeira-President ICYM Mangalore Diocese, Prajwal Lopez- Asian MIJARC Chairperson for Food Sovereignty Commission ,Terrence Crasta- Regional Vice President , ICYM City Deanery President Nisha Dsouza , Meldina Dsouza– Liturgy Secretary, City Deanery and Rachael Pinto – Sports Secretary , City Deanery graced the occasion .

The paddy field was filled with cheer and excitement as each event result was announced by Oscheal and Rovin. Fr, Anil D Mello, Mr. Ravi Saldanha and Mr. Prakash Pereira- Vice President and Secretary of Parish Pastoral Council, Brother Rakesh and Mr. Herick Saldanha awarded the victors with trophies. Last Rain Dance was also performed in the slushy waters of the fields that was overwhelming and awesome. Ashton D Souza compered the Valedictory Ceremony.

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