St. Mary’s Family Festival 2012
Source : St Mary's Catholic Church News Network
St. Mary’s Family Festival 2012
Under the banner of the Family Ministry of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Dubai, the Family Festival 2012 was inaugurated with great pomp and splendour by parish priest Rev Fr Tomasito Veneracion on Thursday 12 January.
With the theme, “One Family…One Community…One World”, this two day event had dual purpose of bringing the parishioners together to celebrate the gift of unity and love and also to share and care for the needs of the lesser privileged parishioners. This event also served as a platform to showcase the talents of various communities, cultures, traditions and most importantly the families of the parish. Parishioners in their thousands, from all walks of life and all nationalities participated in the two day fun filled activities.
The festival catered for all age groups with a number of stage shows, cultural programmes, music, games and food stalls. Friday morning was dedicated for children. Additionally, on both days the football court converted itself into kids zone with bouncing castles and slides. Mini hall too was filled with Games Stalls and special attractions like kiddie rides including a Merry Go Round. Special attraction for this year was the Biblical themes for all the game stalls together with dedicated caricature and henna counters. The rodeo, car racing and arcade games was an added attraction in the Games Stalls area.
A brief presentation by the priests and nuns of the parish was well received by the audience.
The winners of the recently held SportsFest were also presented with their trophies. These are:
1st Place: Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF)
2nd Place: Hustlers
3rd Place: El Shaddai Lions
1st Place: St. Mary’s African Community
2nd Place: Dubai Goans
3rd Place: St. Mary’s Tamil Community
1st Place: Legion of Mary
2nd Place: Saintz
3rd Place: Y’s Men
1st Place: Ingersoll Rand – FIVA
2nd Place: Legion of Mary
3rd Place: Liga Balibolista
Badminton – Doubles:
1st Place: Antony Jose & Philip Joseph
2nd Place: Zinto Alex & P. J. Alexander
3rd Place: Obrian Fernandes & Melvin Pereira
1st Place: Sidney D’souza
2nd Place: Santan J. Monteiro
3rd Place: Oliver Fernandes
Of course, the main attraction was the Grand Raffle with top prize of Dhs. 25,000 worth of gold on the first day and a Mitsubishi Pajero on the second day. There were numerous other prizes as well. The audience had plenty of opportunities of winning attractive spot prizes and other items through the redemption counter that exchanged the tokens won at the games stalls. The entire two days ushered everyone with valuable gifts and pleasant memories of time well spent.
The stage events were hosted by Joaquim Fernandes on Thursday, Karen Braganza on Friday morning and Errol Goveas on Friday evening.
Organising such a mega event is a long painstaking process but also a privilege to all those who were involved with the organizing, execution and volunteering task. The volunteers worked throughout the festival in setting the venue, controlling the traffic and parking facilities, technical assistance, etc. The youth of the parish formed a major part of the volunteers who organized and manned all the game stalls and kids play area.
The financial support and encouragement of all our sponsors, donors and well-wishers speaks volumes of their generosity and goodwill in supporting this noble cause. Their participation and presence during the events of the celebration has gone a long way in making Family Festival 2012 a resounding success. The parish is therefore grateful to all the sponsors of this two day event for their generous support. Please click on the sponsors logos below to access their respective websites.
CP Trendies & JPD Parfum
Joyalukkas, Filcom Technologies, Al Habtoor Motors and Emirates Airline
Western Union, Pravarthi Building Contracting and Globelink Weststar Shipping
Bronze Sponsors :
Dubai Duty Free, Caesars Confectionery, UAE Exchange and Mother’s Recipe (Choithrams)
Promotional Stand Sponsors:
World Council of Immigration Services OSN (Orbit Showtime Network) De Paul International Residential School
Wartsila Simba Toys Middle East Coby / Vivitar (GECO)
Amber Clinic (Gulf Healthcare International) Our Town Babelac / Danone Baby Nutrition
Axis Bank Dubai Dolphinarium
The other sponsors being the banner sponsors, donors and well wishers. Additionally, Al Laith Scaffolding, Oberoi Contracting, Party Centre, Air Products, Simba Toys, Al Seer Trading, Fun City and Broadway call for a special mention for their contribution.