Cardinia Gujarati Association Inc. (CGA) hosted a sports day and barbecue at PB Ronald Park in Pakenham on Sunday 10 March.
Sports day was primarily a closed group event arranged for the local Gujarati Indian Community, however CGA was honoured to have attendees participating from other cultural backgrounds.
The focus of this day was to showcase some of the sports that havebeen traditionally played in India for several years.
Funds were raised to support local bushfire affected communities and Bharat Ke Veer.
Bharat Ke Veer is a fund-raising initiative to support Indian war veterans.
Events included the Limboo Chamcha, Kothda dod, Dada dod and Rasakasi known as Lemon and Spoon, sack race, ball relay and tug of war respectively.
“This day was made extra special by the fantastic turn out by local Gujarati families and their participation in the sports activities which included adults, children ranging from four to 13 years, seniors and visitors from India,” association member Brijal Parikh saud.
“CGAI was extremely pleased to see the energy and enthusiasm of all attendees at the sports day and barbeque event which was also attended by Member for Latrobe Jason Wood and Member for Gembrook Brad Battin who enjoyed engaging with the local Gujarati families.
“According to several people who attended the day, the tug of war and the scrumptious vegetarian barbeque was the highlight of the day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.”
CGA takes this opportunity to acknowledge and wishes to pass on their sincere thanks to the local Gujarati community for their generous donations.
“CGA wishes to congratulate all the volunteers who assisted throughout the day and all our sports winners,” Mr Parikh said.
“CGA promises to continue making contributions to our multicultural society here within Cardinia shire through many more future events that will enable social inclusion and preservation of our Gujarati culture for generations to come.”