Enmore Association of NY fetes elderly, children

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For the 17th year in succession, the Enmore Association of New York (EANY) staged its annual Christmas party for the elderly and children of the East Coast Demerara community.

The event, held on Saturday (December 22, 2018) at the residence of Ayube Mohamed (‘Wise Man’), catered for over 500 persons, who were treated to lunch and the presence of Santa Claus, bringing the holiday cheers and gifts.

They elderly folks also received a hamper and a monetary contribution, compliments of members and well-wishers of the EANY. The celebration was once again made possible through the collaborative effort of former residents of Enmore, residing in New York.

The individuals and families graciously and generously donated financially and otherwise to make the event a reality, while several persons in Enmore did the coordination on the ground to ensure it was a success.

Local and overseas representatives of the Enmore Association of New York members pose with some of the invitees

Manzoor Rahaman, a member of the association, told the gathering that the EANY is extremely happy to be the bearer of glad tidings at this time of the year.

“One of the things that I find quite interesting is that we’re able to serve you and give back to you because the older folks, if it wasn’t for you we would not be here…so we owe you a debt of gratitude, and because of that we try as much as possible to make sure you’re comfortable and taken care of too,” Rahaman said.

One of the contributors to the event, Seeratan Persaud, said the contributions the older folks have made to the community cannot be overemphasized.

“You guys have done a tremendously good job in raising kids in this community, and we’re proud of what you have done. Hopefully, we can replicate what you guys have done, although that would be a really uphill task,” Persaud stressed.

Journalist Avenash Ramzan, who also delivered remarks at the event, echoed similar sentiments.

“I’m proud to see so many of the older folks here, whom I believe, and a lot of us would agree, are the heroes of this community. You are the reason Enmore is what it is today- you’ve produced doctors, lawyers, teachers, salesmen and you’ve put Enmore on the map, and I think you should all be proud of yourselves and the contributions you’ve made,” Ramzan noted.

Ayube Mohamed (left) and Seeratan Persaud (right) share a moment with Santa and the six children who won backpacks

A raffle was also held and six lucky children won backpacks and school supplies ahead of the new term.

The event was made possible through contributions from Sheila Shakoor and family, Steve Kim, Yuri Chandisingh, Elaine McKee, Gavin Anthony, Ravi Etwaroo (Cricket Zone USA), Tina Singh, Aleesha Mohamed, Randolph and Anjanie, Fazal and Shamin Haniff and family, Amar, Salina and Jennifer Prashad, Central Plumbing Specialities, Kim Clarke, Lena Pinto, Geeta Nathai, Art Denson, Prakash and Sirmati Persaud, Balraj Khemraj, Zabida and Romeo Sue, Amna and Jonathan Jagroop, Sam and Safoora Ali, Rennie Bacchus, Abbas family, Seeratan Persaud, Jimmy Baichand, Suresh Persaud, Naresh Persaud, Lawrence Mootoo, Ricky and Sharon Persaud, Hamid family, Ramesh and Lily Lall, Madho Singh, Steve Toor, Jennifer Selberstein, Elegant Hardware of the USA, Nick and Sham and Shano and Julie.

The executive members of the EANY (Ayube Mohamed, Debbie Singh, Roupchan Hardowar, Amar Prashad, Surujpaul Singh, Akbar Khan, Rudy Persaud and Prakash Persaud) would like to express immense gratitude to all the donors and wish everyone in Enmore a Merry Christmas and a productive 2019.

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