The fervour of Goenkarponn was on full display at the Goa Day celebrations in Melbourne, as a large number of people hailing from Goa attended the event. Among the Australian guests present at the Goa Day celebrations, which marks the start of events by the Goa Overseas Association Victoria (GOAV) for 2019-20, were Councillor Tim Dark from the City of Dandenong.
In keeping with the Goenkarponn theme of the event, the afternoon provided a glimpse of various facets of life in Goa through song, dance, skits, games and food.
Konkani comedy skits by Josefato Vales, Johnny and Filipe Dias entertained the gathering. Mouth-watering home-cooked food included, among other dishes, Goan delicacies like sorpotel, chicken xacuti and chourico pao. The celebrations also included music, Bingo and the Raffle Draw.
This event is not just about having a good time but also lending a helping hand to those who need it most, in Goa. This year, the chosen charity was ‘Street Providence’, which is based in Sangolda-North Goa and aims to end hunger and homelessness.
An amount of $1682.68 was collected and will be donated to the Street Providence.