Kochi charity dinner raises US$4,200 for AwF

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Kochi charity dinner raises US$4,200 for AwF

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A Charity Dinner held during the Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2011 (APA 2011) conference in Kochi, India raised US$4,200 to support the activities of AwF. The event, which included a classical dance show by the Indian celebrity danseuse Ms Shobhana, was held on the 18th of January 2011 in the Oman Hall of Le Meridien Resort and Convention Centre, Kochi, India. Coordinated by Dr. M.C. Nandeesha, Dean, Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukkudi, India and International Co- Chair of AwF, a local organizing committee was formed under the patronage of Dr. C. Mohanakumaran Nair to carry out the various logistical tasks.

Nearly 500 people – most of them with their families – assembled in the Oman Hall to hear a warm welcome by AwF Co-Chair, Dr. M.C. Nandeesha, followed by a description of AwF’s mission and ongoing programmes, and the screening of a short video on AwF activities in Bangladesh.

The classical dance performance by the Indian celebrity dancer and actress, Ms. Shobhana, was the major highlight of the event. Her thrilling performance was a real crowd-pleaser, and the audience had an opportunity to understand the various Indian classical dance forms as demonstrated by the dancer and her troupe. A modest dinner was arranged after the dance performance.

The Charity Dinner was successful in spreading the message of AwF and in arousing the interest of participants in joining AwF’s global aquaculture initiatives. The AwF Board of Directors and the event organizers are indebted to all of the participants for contributing to the great success of the event. The timely help and support by the student fraternity from the College of Fisheries, Kochi and Thoothukkudy, India is gratefully acknowledged.