"Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers that you do unto me……."
These words ring out loud and clear in the Year of Mercy. And what better way than hosting Shukran Dubai to thank and appreciate the government and authorities of Dubai for this blessed city.
The event was dedicated to our workforce who keep Dubai safe, clean, secure & to acknowledge and appreciate them for all their hard work.
This event was held on Friday 27thMay at United Pro Sports
Over 450 laborers from over 40 companies joined, irrespective of their culture, religion or nationality for an afternoon full of fun, excitement, games & good food. Some of the participating companies were Dubai Municipality, Brookfield Multiplex, Al Habtoor etc.
The afternoon started with the National Anthem and welcome address by Rev Fr. Lennie. Other dignitaries from Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Sports council, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Anti-Narcotics/CID, Dubai Foundation for Women and Child graced the event and spoke briefly. This was followed by a dance recital by the youth of our Parish and an energetic African drumming performance. To mark the day a tribute video appreciating the workforce for the hard work and an encouraging note from H.E Bishop Paul Hinder and other well-wishers.
It was a fierce competition all round with true team spirit evident at each match. The participants competed in games of cricket, football, volleyball, table tennis and basketball. There were various game stalls and other activities held during the event. “Knowledge Village” was created to give a brief history of Dubai and then quizzed on their knowledge. We had Rodeo bull and Sumo wrestling which was a very big hit with all the participants. Many walked away with spot prizes or won prizes showing off their talents in singing and dancing.
The lucky dip was the highlight as many waited eagerly for their names to be picked for prizes ranging from air tickets, gold pendants, washing machines , laptops, refrigerators to rice cookers, bags, shirts and perfumes.
Snacks were available all through the afternoon with juices and ice creams to cool them down. The sumptuous dinner packs were enjoyed by all. The Event ended with each participant going back with a grateful smile, a food hamper in one hand and their prizes in the other.
We, the Samaritan Ministry extend our sincere gratitude to all the priests, nuns and staff of St Mary’s Catholic Church, for the support rendered throughout the preparation period of this event.
This event was only possible due to the 150 volunteers and our very generous sponsors & Parishioners. Special mention must be made to Sage, Global Link West Star Shipping and Arabian Park Hotel.
We thank and praise the Lord that the event gave us the opportunity to serve those who are less fortunate than each of us are and for this wonderful city that we live in.
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS
News reports from the Gulf News