District ISOs celebrate a virtual Diwali
28 October 2021
The International Service Organisers (ISOs) of District 330 with Datin Pathma Ramanathan at the helm, organised a joyous virtual celebration of Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights on 28th October 2021. Guest of Honour was International Inner Wheel Board Director Datin Seetha Lakshmi who lit the Diwali Lamp marking an auspicious start to the celebrations. Joining in the festive cheer whilst co-hosting the event was IIW Editor/ Media Manager Cheng Yeok San.
More than 110 participants joined the event including guests from as far as India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Datin Pathma graciously thanked all international attendees and everyone else for their presence including National Representative of District 330 &331 Ambika Menon and her deputy Parimala Satheesan, members of the District Committee and Inner Wheel members from all over District 330.
One of the highlights was the Diwali address by International Inner Wheel President Ebe Martinez to all celebrating, reinforcing the meaning of Diwali and how it is a victory of good over evil, light over darkness and the optimistic and colourful nature of the celebrations. This was well received by all the attendees and added to the spirit of Inner Wheel camaraderie.
The ISOs are indeed a beautiful and talented lot as evidenced from the dedication shown by ISOs Meeta, Sheena, Patricia, Farah and others. The dance medley by ISO Megha, the Banghra performance by the ladies from IWC Taiping led by President Karamjit; the speech on the significance of Diwali by Rakhee and the organisational skills of Viji and Saraswathy were extremely entertaining. There was a cooking demonstration by renowned chef Sapna Anand, a fashion show by Fhaisana and a video clip of the ISOs all dolled up and celebrating Diwali each in their own way. Last but not least was an engaging clip of a medley of Bollywood Dances which had many of the ladies on their feet jiving to the catchy beat.
For those who were busy with their own Diwali preparations, it was a welcome breather from their cooking and cleaning duties. Some participants lit up the screens as they had taken the trouble to doll up for the event. Messages of appreciation kept pouring in afterwards in the group chats praising the organisers for their commendable effort.
~ Lucy Barrock, District Webmaster