Bantwal: SAMBRAM celebration unites Mogarnad community through games, festivities

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Bantwal, Nov 20: In a vibrant initiative to strengthen the bonds within the Mogarnad Church community, the Deva Matha Youth Movement (ICYM) orchestrated SAMBRAM—a festive celebration featuring ward-wise games and Children's Day festivities. Taking place on November 12 at the Deva Matha English Medium School Grounds, the event successfully created a joyous atmosphere, fostering community connections through a range of engaging game activities.

The occasion welcomed esteemed guests, including Fr Anil Canute Dmello (parish priest and director of DMYM), Santhosh D’Souza (vice president of the parish pastoral council), Wilfred Lobo (secretary of the parish pastoral council), Emiliana D’Cunha (coordinator of all the commissions of the church), Sr Anne (head of Deva Matha Convent), Praveen D’Cunha (president of ICYM, St John Paul 2 deanery), James Martis (honorary president of DMYM ruby jubilee committee), Prashanth Lewis (animator of DMYM), Avit Premson Lobo (president of DMYM), and Newton Lobo (sports secretary of DMYM).

The programme commenced with a hymn led by DMYM members, setting a harmonious tone for a day filled with camaraderie and excitement. Avit Premson Lobo, president of DMYM, extended a warm welcome to the gathering, and the event was symbolically inaugurated by lighting candles on a banana plantain, carried out by dignitaries alongside Ward Gurkars.

Fr Anil Canute D’Mello conveyed the importance of participation in game activities, emphasizing their positive impact on physical and mental well-being. These activities, he noted, provide a temporary escape from daily stressors and contribute to community unity and healthy relationships.

Following the formalities, sports secretary Newton Lobo conveyed gratitude in a well-articulated vote of thanks, while the lively compering by Glenita D’Cunha added an engaging touch to the programme.

The morning session featured DMYM members organizing various games, including carrom, wealth out of waste, and art and craft, specifically tailored for children in batches from various wards.

After a delightful lunch break, the afternoon session unfolded with a mix of ward-wise traditional and modern activities, evoking nostalgic memories of cherished childhood games. Participants engaged in activities reminiscent of timeless games that played a significant role in their youth. The event not only fostered community unity but also served as a delightful journey down memory lane, connecting generations through the shared experience of these cherished games.

The eagerly awaited results culminated in the celebration of the champions:

Championship: St Lawrence Ward

1st runners-up: St Paul Ward

2nd runners-up: Infant Jesus Ward 

SAMBRAM emerged as a resounding success, embodying the spirit of the Mother of God Church community. The event seamlessly blended enjoyment and fitness, illustrating that community engagement transcends the spiritual realm. The organizers, participants, and attendees collectively contributed to making SAMBRAM, a memorable and enjoyable experience for all.



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