|Posted by Nestor Coutinho on October 8, 2012 at 6:45 AM|
There was a lot of hype about this event. It was well publicized and sure to attract a big crowd. A lot was planned for stage shows to deliver the entertainment expected by the audience. Live performances was the major USP but we even had a few dance performances to provide some variety to the crowd. We not only took care of game stalls for the kiddies but we also planned out a mini telegames event for them. There were rides like the mini giant wheel, merry go round, swinging boat and the jumping jack house. A huge selection of foods and snacks laid out along with an elephant stall and a paint tattoo stall for anyone who would like to get themselves painted a bit. What more could one ask for, for an evening for the entire family. An evening of complete Masti with amazing music for listening and dancing pleasure as well.
But all this was not meant to be. It rained to ruin every plan made and to probably let us know that not everything is in our control. Luckily after it rained there was a 3 hours dry window in which all the stalls managed to sell everything out. The BBQ pit was lit and we managed to cook all the chicken pieces. The expected profit target was met and at the end of it all that was all that mattered.
MSC helped organize this event to help raise funds for the Focolare movement and to bring the community out one more time, out of the houses, to be seen and to see everyone else who makes this community a community. With no live music or performances, the people actually got a chance to mingle with each other while they bumped into one another at all the possible food and snack stalls. Those who have always supported the events of the marinagar sports club were there even if it rained, encouraging us. A few new faces were also there and a good no. of youth as well.
It was disheartening to see so many people looking forward for a lovely evening and being disappointed. We were at a point of no return and we were in no position to get ourselves out of this situation. There were so many who came forward with their ideas on how we could do some kind of firefighting or damage control but every idea was already well thought of before it was even suggested by our happy helpers. As it was a fund raiser we could not cover the ground with a water proof roof as that would only eat into the profits expected or maybe even take us into debt.
We had to undergo this situation only for the sake of meeting the objective and yes I will say that there have been a lot of lessons learned, only to make us more experienced.
We thank all the Marinagarites and the people of the Focolare for coming out and making this event reach its objective.
Thank you once again.