As scheduled, Goa-Kuwait Solidarity Center has successfully organized a meeting in Panjim, Goa, at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, on Wednesday, 26 February 2014, to mark the 23rd anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait. The meet was well attended by the people not only by the Kuwait Goans, ex and current but by others also.
A.Veronica Fernandes compered the proceedings and at an outset he welcomed the gathering including the Chief Guest Mr. Mubarak Al Hindal coming all the way from Kuwait especially to attend this meet. The meet began with a live rendition of the National anthems of Kuwait and India provided by Aggie Dias and his troupe. This was followed by a beautiful song on the invasion of Kuwait by Chef Jerry Cal the director of Gulf Goans Hotels Co. and producer of VCD “Calangute”.
Mr. Manuel Fernandes ex Kuwait in his speech highlighted the importance of our employment in Kuwait and how much he as well as others benefited from Kuwait. Dr. Sunil Chawan, an ex Kuwait expatriate in his speech described his deep gratitude to Kuwait for improving his economic condition by saying that he went to Kuwait as an employee, but returned for good as an employer. He also assured free service in his Clinics in Goa where he provides Alternative medicine, for one hour to members and supporters of Goa-Kuwait Solidarity Center.
Mr. Mubarak Al Hindal described in his speech the great role Goans have played during the invasion of Kuwait. He also showed his appreciation for Goans for their support still further adding that such support is not visibly noticed anywhere in the world. As a mark of appreciation for his role in solidarity with the Kuwait movement, he presented A. Veronica on behalf of Kuwait a Kuwaiti Scarf and a Memento. In the hall, Mr. Hindal was presented with a flower bouquet by Maria Perpetua Fernandes. Peggy Pereira, another ex Kuwait expatriate proposed the vote of thanks.
In response to the suggestion of some of the attendees coming from other Gulf States, A. Veronica agreed to organize a bigger association of all the Gulf Goan returnees. In this direction, a separate meeting will be convened at an appropriate time via a public announcement.
Mr. Mubarak Al Hindal was the centre of attraction where he was embraced and hugged by the attendees. He was interviewed by the TV Channels before the meet along with Veronica, this was telecast on 27th & 28th February. He was overwhelmed by the deep affection and warm reception he received in Goa and as a mark of gratitude he said: “Thank you all”.
On 25th February, A. Veronica showed him the Hotel Goan Heritage where he was received with warm welcome with a bouquet of Flowers by the Hotel Management team. He showed his deep appreciation for Kuwait Goans for constructing such a beautiful Hotel and assured Veronica his help in marketing this hotel in Kuwait and other states in the Gulf.