DTA Celebrating Harmony 2013
“HAVE PATIENCE TO WALK WITH SHORT STEPS UNTIL YOU HAVE THE WINGS
by St. Frances de Sales. Help our Durham Tamil Association kids earn their wings was the speech given by Josh Suresh - President of DTA. Durham Tamil Association held a
spectacular fundraising, dinner and dance event to raise funds for the benefit of the Tamil kids and youth in the Durham region. The event was held at La Roya Banquet Hall in Ajax on the 20th April
2013. Each year more than 150 people enjoy a night of elegant food and dancing
the night away. Participants come together, which can create a sense of community working towards a goal. The glamorous Dinner Dance is the biggest fundraising event we sponsor all year. Proceeds go to the Annual Fund, which helps our students through scholarships and financial aid, technology and equipment, and athletic and art facilities for all the kids registered at DTA. Sincere thanks to all Guests including Mr.Chris Alexander, MP for Ajax.MPP Joe
Dickson, Councilors Doug Dickerson and Peter Rodrigues, Mrs. Esther Enyolu -
Executive Director of WMRCC, Mr.Brian Clarke - Branch Manager of RBC, Mr.
Michael Crowley and Mrs. Yan Fu of DACA , Mr. Keith Falconer - Executive, PESCA, Mr. Bill and Mrs. Shireen Whitmore,
Mr. Vaqar Raees - President of Friends Indeed, Mr.Saeed Siddiqui - VP of Friends Indeed, Mrs. Sashi Bhatia - Chair of ICCAD, Mr & Mrs. Abhid
Choudhury of BCS ,Ms. Shivana Choonsingh, Mr. Tariq Fahimi of Afghan Council, Mr. Fanuel Ephraim and Mr & Mrs. Gopal Bhandari of Nepalese Canadian Community Services for their strong support .The event would not have been possible without the heavy contribution of key business partners &community leaders. The night was capped off with live music presented by DTA's iconic youth singer,Vijay TV fame Ms. Sarika Navanathan, our Secretary Mr. Mano Pancharatnam, Mrs.Uma Suresh and Mr.Senthilkumaran. We also
had an icebreaker party game designed by Mrs. Kavitha Mano to help members and our dignitaries get to know and feel comfortable around one another and to have loads of fun. Along with a night packed with dancing and games, we had several amazing raffle prizes sponsored by for the members who supported the association. The prizes were so enticing and everyone had a great time of joy as they were receiving gifts one after the other games.
The audiences were delighted by the rhythmic dance music organized by Mr. Mano to open the dance floor .From that moment, it was an evening full of musical delight designed to entertain the guest joined the duo to make their mark and presence felt on the dance floor.Mr. Chris Alexander, MP of Ajax region attended the extravagant evening and spoke about the achievements of Durham Tamil Association and presented certificates to the youth for raising $2141.25 to the Canadian Cancer Society in 14 hours, through Daffodil Campaign. Special thanks to Mr & Mrs. Kugaraj Soma for their contribution and support to make this a successful event. For those who needed sustenance for dancing into the night there were traditional foods being served along with a variety of deserts. Mr. Josh Suresh expressed his gratitude and thanked the invited guests for digging deep to make the fundraising event a success. Ultimately, the success of the event will go a long way to help sustain, support and develop the efforts of Tamil kids and youth in DTA.