Another success for Kissoon Golf Tourney
By Manshad Mohamed
When the Kissoon Golf Tournament was first played seven years ago, little did its patron, prominent Guyanese lawyer Mr. Dhaman Kissoon, realize that his simple idea of golfing for charity would become the prestigious and institutionalized event that it is today. At this yearís game on June 23 at the Mayfield Golf Course 144 golfers showed up but only 112 were allowed to play due to renovations being done to the facilities.
Kissoonís motivation for the annual tournament was to establish a charity in the name of his late father and the monies realized from the activity were donated to the Devi Mandir in Pickering. So far, the Kissoon Golf Tournament has raised about $75,000 for the Temple. This yearís proceed of $15,000 was presented to the Temple to Vishnu Sookar, Chair and CEO and Amar Binda, President.
Sookar pointed out that the Devi Mandir is serving the community as a whole in a variety of ways, not just religious, like offering lessons in Mathematics and English to students who need help in these areas. Sookar said that there plans are afoot for the establishment of a scholarship fund by the Temple and other fund raising events such a boat cruise, would be taking place.
Kissoon received a standing ovation after he addressed the reception that followed the golf tournament. He promised that a larger number of golfers would be welcome to play on June 22, 2005.
Over 100 prizes were handed out at the reception. These included golf equipment, golf bags, an expensive watch and two 27 inch television sets.
Judy climbs from one successful pillar to another
Four years ago, Indo Caribbean World reported on the proud achievement of Judy Prasad who, at that time, had completed her primary level of education and was about to enter High School.
With the end of the 2004 school year Judy has now gained her High School Diploma with distinction, graduating from Mother Teresa Secondary School as an Ontario Scholar.
Judy has also made it in the Honour Society of the school, being on the Honour Roll for both semester report cards throughout grades 9-12. In addition, she has won the schoolís Science Award by coming out ahead of all the students in the science programme.
Judy has also received from the University of Toronto (U of T) the National Book Award in recognition of her achievements and as a runner-up to the U of T National Scholarship.
At her High School graduation, Judy was chosen as Valedictorian to pronounce the final oration on behalf of all the graduating students.
Come September, Judy will be starting out at the U of T campus in Scarborough in the Co-op Neuroscience program which is a division of Life Sciences.
In the meantime Judy is taking a break from studies but is still busy helping her Mom at home. Occasionally, one can see Judy at one of her Dadís stores (G. Prasad Caribbean Oriental Foods) in Scarborough.
Judy is very grateful to her parents for their encouragement and help during her studies.