“Caring Cruise for Senior Citizens” was organised by Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), Sydney on April 7, 2013.

GOPIO Sydney, as part of its ongoing activities for the promotion and welfare of the Indian community in Australia organised a party on a cruise for Senior citizens to seek their blessings and guidance as they have seen years, raised families, worked hard and contributed their bit to the society to make it a better place to live and flourish.

The cruise ship Rosemary took over from Woolwich Warf with around 170 people on-board, packed to the brim but with plenty of space to move around to capture the moment with Opera House, Circular Quay and Darling Harbor in the backdrop providing a perfect scene for cameras. Excellent weather complemented the occasion and made it lively. Everyone enjoyed sunshine whiling on the upper deck to enjoy the magnificent views across the harbour.

Ms. Lucky Singh president of GOPIO Sydney, welcomed all the respected seniors, guests and families of GOPIO and many inspiring words were spoken by her. The excerpts of the poetry which she dedicated to the seniors are-

”Dil se hum sab ker paaye samman Bujurgo ka,

Hai kismat walo ko milta wardaan Bujurgo ka.”

Seniors were looked after and served with complimentary food, wine and drinks amidst the ambient sound of melodious music was played by DJ Upkar, mesmerizing old Bollywood songs by Anand Arora and scintillating dance performances  by Usha Bariya and evergreen young  Satpal Dhingra of Minto Cellars. Musical games and Trivia hosted by Raj Bhandari added spice to the cruise. Seniors recitation of poetry kept everyone so absorbed that no one realized how quickly 5 hours elapsed. It was an exceptionally pleasant, relaxing and entertaining environment.

A special mention for our very generous sponsors Minto Cellars, Woodville Road Cellars, Milan Bazaar, Patel Brothers, Laju Bhojwani for donating their time, wine, attractive gifts and gift vouchers. The three course meal was provided by Maya-da-dhaba.  Whole event was beautifully captured in camera by Anuj Kulshreshthha, Hemu Negi and Kabir Singh. Bhupinder Chhibber, Secretary of GOPIO Sydney gave a vote of thanks at the end.

The whole team of GOPIO Sydney including Rajat Midha, Raj Bhandari, Bhupinder Chhibber, Dr.Thomas, Satpal Dhingra, K.L.Dhingra, Balvinder Ruby, Balbir Singh, Jaswinder Bhogal, Sukhwinder Rajput, Dr.Nadeem Khaja, Poonam Chhibber, Kamini Raj Singh, Manju Mittal, Maxine Salma, Himmat Singh, Shiv Saini, Gagandeep Kaur, Kavita Saini, Shallu Kundra, Manu Kundra, Mrs Dhingra, Anita Bhandari and Dr.Lubna Thomas must be congratulated for this exceptional and thoughtful evening where they raised funds of $1390.00 for the 18 months old child Twisha Makwana for her surgery in USA.

–       GOPIO Sydney correspondent.


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