காணும் பொங்கல் வன போஜனம்
While it’s a demanding task to simulate the spiritual element of a festival when living overseas, one can be assured of fun & frolic away from home on such occasions. And in accordance with this, Tamilar Inc, a non-profit organization, organised an outdoor picnic to celebrate Kaanum Pongal at the Yarraville Gardens Precinct on Jan 19.
Lemon & Spoon race for the ladies
Since its inception in 2011, Tamilar Inc has done a wonderful job in a short span of time in the upkeep of tradition and the much revered Tamil language by successfully organising Tamil language classes in Werribee and Lalor.
The caterpillar race
With a wonderful location and ideal weather, the gathering was well coordinated and included a variety of games to keep the 100-odd people entertained. While games such as Lemon & Spoon, Hop & Catch and Caterpillar had the children, women & seniors in splits, Cricket and Kabaddi proved to be a major hit amongst the male folk.
The seniors having a go at lemon and spoon
Raji Vel, who attended the event with her young family and mother said “Great event. Well done organisers. Made us all run, hop and jump with excellent company. Thank you”. Another participant Meera Ramanan, thanked the organisers for an awesome day and a well organised picnic. Another person who attended the event said it was a great way to bring the kids out and have a run about rather than them watching TV at home.
On the eve of this occasion President Ganesh Jaygan who was in the thick of action, said, “We expected around 100 people and we were pretty much on the ball. Everyone is having a great time and from now on this will be a regular event in our Calendar. Our next event is the Chithirai ThiruVizha, which will be held on Sunday, 14th April at the Destiny Centre in Hoppers Crossing. The team has not time to relax as we start planning for a bigger and better event.”
Lunch time interval
Radhika Bandhili one of the committee members sought the support of the community by signing up to Tamilar Inc. Towards the end of the day she was a happy camper and said, “Today 17 families joined Tamilar Inc as registered members. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them and also invite other Tamil families to support the work we are doing and become members”.
Everyone is a winner with lolly bags
All the kids were given lolly bags to regain some of their lost energy during the day. The organisers wish to thank the Maribyrnong City Council for providing the facilities at reduced cost. If you wish to enrol your children in the Tamil classes in Lalor or Werribee and if you would like to support Tamilar Inc please contact us.