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2012 Senior Citizens Coffee Group

Date 19th February 2012
Event First Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2012
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description The first Senior Citizens Coffee Group for the year 2012 was held on 19th Feb at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eighteen seniors attended this session and they were glad to be back to their usual club. We welcome Mrs Mani Seervai our new senior to join this club. After exchanging pleasantries and catching up with the latest happenings in our Parsee jagat back in Mumbai, we asked seniors what they would like to do this time. The seniors were happy to play Housie and so we started the day with a cuppa and parsee saria courtesy of Benifer Irani and Thrity Mistry.

ZANZ organises this session every month for seniors free of cost. It provides a platform for Seniors to meet and socialise and enjoy the companionship in a typical parsee atmosphere.

After the snacks, all eyes were focussed on the housie tickets as we played a couple of games.

Finally it was that time of the day when we wanted to celebrate the birthdays of our Seniors, Noshir Elavia and Mani Mowji. A delicious banana cake prepared by one of our committee members was enjoyed by all. Everyone joined to the tune of Happy birthday song. There were plenty of snacks available on that day and everyone enjoyed the day.

Our thanks to Paeterasp and Anahita Vevaina for being volunteers on that day.

Our next senior’s session will be held on 18th March. To celebrate Jamshedi Nowruz, we have decided to take our Seniors for picnic to Western Springs and have lunch there. This will provide a good outdoor opening for the seniors to enjoy. Watch this space for more details.

We would like to thank our member Navaz Karbhari for sponsoring this session of SCCG.

If you know of any Zarthosti seniors who would like to join this group please contact Minoo on 532 9832 or Roshni on 534 9786.

Regards

ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 18th March 2012
Event Second Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2012
Venue Western Springs Park
Description ZANZ organised a picnic for our Senior Citizens at the Western spring on 17th March 2012. Our volunteers picked up the seniors from their homes / rest homes and by 10:30 a.m. our seniors had settled at the venue. Fifteen seniors attended this session. This session was different because we wanted to celebrate Jamshedi Nowruz in a picnic-like atmosphere.

Before starting with games we served our seniors samosas, mutton cutlets and juice. It was then game time and we decided to play "Simon says do this" and "Simon says do that". As the game progressed our seniors were smart enough to know the tricks and delayed their action so as to stay in the game. The seniors were then demanding to play their favourite game "Housie". We played a few games of housie with different variations.

It was a nice day so we decide to take our seniors for a walk through the Western Springs Park. They were at peace with themselves and enjoyed the open expanse of land and greenery. Adding to this picturesque setting was the lovely sight of watching the ducks and swans swimming lazily in the water or resting on land. It was a soothing and serene experience for everyone.

We then served the seniors with chicken rolls, jalebis and soft drinks. We played another game of housie and then it was close to 2:30 p.m. and time for us to return back.

We would like to thank our volunteers Kairus Hansotia, Paeterasp and Anahita Vevaina, Benifer Irani and Minoo Siganporia for helping out on that day.

Our next senior's session will be held on 15th April at our usual venue- Howick Recreation Club from 10.00 a.m. onwards.

We would also like to thank Khushnuma Balsara for sponsoring this session of SCCG. She sponsored this event in memory of her late parents who passed away last year.

If you know of any Zarthosti seniors who would like to join this group, please contact Minoo on 532 9832 or Roshni on 534 9786.

Kind regards

ZANZ Management Committee

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 Date 15th April 2012 
 Event Third Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2012
 Venue Howick Recreation Centre
 Description Our third Senior Citizens Coffee Group session for 2012 was held at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on 15th April 2012. Seventeen seniors graced this event.

For the seniors, the day starts with having chai. So it was tea and our usual snacks. As soon as they were settled we decided to play something different this time. "Feed cookies to the cookie monster" was the name of the game. This game is played on similar lines as "Tail the Donkey" but with a bit of variation.

Each senior was blindfolded and given three cookies. On a wall was glued a poster of a smiling face of cookie monster with the mouth wide open. The idea of the game was to affix these three cookies as close to the mouth as possible. The seniors were blind folded by aapri vahali Benifer Irani and led slowly to the poster. Sheri Vaghchipwala won this game. Every one enjoyed the game and were given chocolate bars.

After playing this game we thought our Seniors would be interested in playing carrom but it was not to be and instead there was a loud call from all to play housie. We played two housie games and once again our popular member Benifer Irani was in demand to call out the numbers. As it was Hormazd roj on that day, we thought the first prize of housie will be awarded to jaldi seven (seven letters in Hormazd) instead of our usual jaldi five. A bit of giggle and laughter always goes hand in hand with calling out the housie numbers. It was fun and the seniors were in high spirits.

It was then time to celebrate birthdays of our seniors Khorshed Sethna and Perviz Mogrelia. Everyone sang "Happy Birthday" and the cake was shared by all. It gives us immense pleasure to see smiling faces when these birthdays are being celebrated. They cherish these moments of love, happiness and care.

We would like to convey our thanks to Mrs Navaz Karbhari for sponsoring this session. Benifer Irani was our volunteer on that day.

Our next session will be held on 20th May at the same venue.

If you know of any Zarthosti seniors who would like to join this group please contact Minoo on 532 9832 or Roshni on 534 9786.

Regards

ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 20th May 2012
Event Fourth Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2012
Venue Sponsor's Home, Pakuranga
Description Our fourth Senior Citizens Coffee Group session for 2012 was held from 10:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. on 20th May 2012 at the home of a sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous. This family graciously opened their home to the seniors and provided them with a delicious lunch. Eighteen seniors graced this event.

For the seniors, the day starts with having chai. So it was tea and our usual snacks. As soon as they were settled, our EVERGREEN Benifer Irani called out housie numbers in her own unique way. All seniors enjoyed their housie game while soaking in the sun.

The group then played the game "passing the parcel". All were very sporting and did all the forfeits that were asked of them, some danced, some sang songs / poetries, others even said 16 & 17 times tables in gujrati (hats off to their memories).

The hosts offered our seniors Parsi pegs and choices of wine, beer, shandy, whisky or juice. This was followed by lunch - sumptuous mutton biryani, masala dal and mutter paneer with naan and salad.

After the wonderful lunch, we celebrated the birthdays of our five seniors:

Naoroji Kharas, Mana Vazifdar, Perin Daruwalla, Arnavaz Irani & Nergish Tata. Everyone sang "Happy Birthday" and the cake along with the delicious trifle pudding, was shared by all. It gives us immense pleasure to see smiling faces when these birthdays are being celebrated. The seniors cherish these moments of love, happiness and care.

They all sat and chatted for some time and before leaving gave their thanks to the host family for the wonderful morning and lunch.

We would like to convey our thanks to our sponsor family for sponsoring this session and inviting SCCG into their home.

Benifer Irani, Paeterasp & Anahita Vevaina were our volunteers on that day.

Our next session will be held on 17th June at the Howick Recreation Centre.

If you know of any Zarathusti seniors who would like to join this group please contact Minoo on 532 9832 or Roshni on 534 9786.

Regards,

ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 17th June 2012
Event Fifth Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2012
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description Our fifth Senior Citizens Coffee Group session for 2012 was held at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on 17th June 2012. Thirteen seniors graced this event.

It was a glorious day and everyone was in high spirits. The tables were set and we started the day with the usual tea and snacks. Our senior Perviz Daruwalla who has now left NZ for Mumbai was very happy to attend these coffee events and wanted to give something back to the community. She arranged for delicious batata vadas to be served to our seniors so in this session everyone enjoyed this special treat.

We played some housie games in the first hour and then our volunteer Kashmira Kambata joined us to sing some old Parsee / Gujarati songs. This brought back fond memories for the seniors and they all joined in the singing and merrily clapped to the tunes of yesteryears.

It was then time to celebrate the birthdays of our seniors. We celebrated the birthday of our senior Mr Sheri Vaghchhipawala. Everyone sang to the tune of "Happy Birthday" song and the cake was shared by all.

We would like to convey our thanks to Mrs Navaz Karbhari for sponsoring this session. Benifer Irani and Kashmira Kambata were our volunteers on that day.

Our next session will be held on 15th July at the same venue. If you know of any Zarthosti seniors who would like to join this group please contact Minoo on 532 9832 or Roshni on 534 9786.

Regards

ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 15th July 2012
Event Sixth Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2012
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description Our sixth Senior Citizens Coffee Group session for the year 2012 was held at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on 15th July 2012. Fifteen seniors graced this event.

ZANZ organises this event on the third Sunday of each month. It gives our seniors a chance to catch up with their brethren and share their tales. It provides a platform for our seniors to meet and socialise and enjoy companionship in a typical Parsee atmosphere. This event started in mid-2009 and has proved immensely popular.

We start the day with tea coffee and snacks. Our volunteers are ever ready to accommodate the seniors' requests. Once they are settled, we play housie or carrom. In the summer we organise outdoor games Musical arms or take the seniors for picnics.

In this session we played some housie games in the first hour and then our volunteer Kashmira Kambata had some jokes to share.

It was then time to celebrate birthdays of our seniors. We celebrated the birthday of our seniors, Thrity Mistry, Katy Irani and Minoo Daruwalla. Everyone sang to the tune of "Happy Birthday" and the cake was shared by all.

We would like to convey our thanks to Mrs Navaz Karbhari for sponsoring this session. Benifer Irani, Paeterasp Vevaina, Anahita Vevaina, Binaifer Aspar and Kashmira Kambata were our volunteers on that day.

Our next session will be held on 19th Aug at the same venue. We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate Parsee New Year with our seniors and therefore have organised a movie and lunch programme. Watch this space for further details.

If you know of any Zarthosti seniors who would like to join this group, please contact Minoo on 532 983, Anaheeta on 576 8947 or Roshni on 534 9786.

Regards
ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 19th August 2012
Event Seventh Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2012
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description "Parsee Navu Varas Ujavye". Welcome 1382 Y.Z.!!

The Parsee New Year was on Saturday 18th Aug. This was celebrated in style and everyone enjoyed the dinner and dance organised by the Zoroastrian Youth of NZ under the auspices of ZANZ.

The following day, Sunday 19th Aug, was the day our seniors were looking forward to celebrate the New Year with their friends at HRC .Our seniors were ready and dressed for the occasion. Fifteen seniors graced this event.

Our day started with "Sal Mubarak" greetings and "Tamune gani duva laagse". Our seniors quickly settled to their routine of having tea / coffee and snacks. We had two bowls of sev, thanks to our Parsee families who prepared this for the ZANZ Jashan held on Saturday. To top it all and make it a typical Parsee nasto, we also served dahi with the sev.

The stage was set as we created an atmosphere of a mini auditorium. The movie "Ferrari ki Sawaari", a Hindi drama comedy, was selected by our seniors. This movie is a story of small guys, their big dreams, and how one night changes their lives forever. Boman Irani ably supported by Sharman Joshi gave a wonderful performance. The movie ended at 1:30 p.m.

It was then time for "Jamva Chaloji" as per our Parsee baugs and otlas. Lajjatdar Chicken Pulao, masala Dal and kachumber was served for lunch. The seniors relished this tasty food and everyone ate to their heart's content. No Parsee function is complete without "Lagan nu custard". And so, it was to be on this special day! The aroma of the delicious food was permeating the main foyer of HRC.

It was then time to celebrate our seniors' birthday. We celebrated the birthday of Mrs Shirin Bulsara. We also acknowledged Perviz Daruwalla and Homai Elavia who are currently in India. Everyone sang "Happy birthday" and the cake was enjoyed by all. The cake was kindly donated by the triad of Anahita Daruwalla, Nazneen Wadia and Dilnavaz Kaikobadi who won it in a game at the ZANZ New Year function. Our seniors felt greatly appreciated and loved for having an exclusive day of celebration just for them.

ZANZ would like to thank our volunteers Minoo Siganporia, Benifer Irani and Paeterasp Vevaina. Our two committee members Roshni Daruwalla and Anaheeta Sethna were also present as always. Benifer Irani has been an ardent supporter of ZANZ's SCCG and she entertains the seniors with her signature punch lines. Paeterasp did a magnificent job of organising the movie, projector and screen. Zubbin Navroji lent us the sound system. Kaizad Karkaria did a wonderful job of preparing the wonderful food. Many seniors even took some home for their families.

ZANZ organises the SCCG on the third Sunday of every month and it has been a proud privilege of this association to recognise and honour our seniors.

Our next session will be held on 16th September. If you know of any seniors who would like to join this group then please contact us.

With best regards
ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 16th September 2012
Event Eighth Senior Citizens Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2012
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description Our eighth Senior Citizens Coffee Group session for 2012 was held at Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on 16th September 2012. Sixteen seniors graced the event.

Even though the weather was not favourable, the seniors were more than happy to come & have a chat with others. The morning began with a round of ginger/mint tea served with garma-garam potato puri which was generously made by Faranak Kabir. The seniors enjoyed the perfect tasty potatoes and Parsi style puris.

The same day also happened to be the varsi of our dear departed Coomi Mehta (mother of Jimmy Mehta, Roxanne Noble & Roshni Khodaiji & mother-in-law of Kashmira Mehta). The Mehta family sponsored this 8th SCGM and will do so for the next 12 months in fond memory of their mom / mom-in-law.

The seniors were served sev-dahi made by Kashmira Mehta.

The group then played the game "passing the parcel". All were very sporting and did all the forfeits that were asked of them, some sang songs / poetries etc.

We would like to thank our volunteers for the day – the lively Benifer Irani & Binaifer Aspar.

We would once again like to thank our sponsors for this day:
Kashmira & Jimmy Mehta, Roxanne Noble, Roshni Khodaiji & Faranak Kabir.

Our next session will be held on 21st October 2012 @ Howick Recreation Centre.

If you know of any Zarathushti seniors who would like to join this group please contact Minoo on 532 9832 or Roshni on 534 9786.

Regards
ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 21st October 2012
Event Ninth Senior Citizens Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2012
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description Our ninth Senior Citizens Coffee Group session for the year 2012 was held at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on 21st October 2012. Seventeen seniors graced this event. Welcome to our two new seniors who joined this session- Mr Jamshed Mowji and Mr Adi Patel.

Our seniors were picked up from their home by our volunteers at around 9:30. The weather was awful but that didn't deter our seniors. It was their special day and they were ready to attend our session. This event started in mid 2009 and has continued since then proving immensely popular.

We start the day with a tea / coffee and snacks. Our volunteers are ever ready to accommodate the seniors' needs. Our senior Kersi Karkaria brought ravo to be shared by all.

We played couple of housie games and this was enjoyed by all. Our senior Thrity Mistry brought a write–up of Dasturji Kookadaru sahib which extolled his virtues and the miracles he performed. The seniors listened with keen interest and were enthralled by this short article.

It was then time to celebrate the birthdays of our seniors. We celebrated the birthday of our seniors, Kersi Karkaria and Godafrid Irani. Everyone sang the "Happy Birthday" song and the cake was shared by all.

We would like to convey our thanks to Jimmy and Kashmira Mehta, Roxanne Noble and Roshni Khodaiji for sponsoring this session. Benifer Irani, Paeterasp Vevaina, Anahita Vevaina and Binaifer Aspar were our volunteers on that day.

Our next session will be held on 18th Nov at the same venue.

If you know of any Zarthosti seniors who would like to join this group please contact Minoo on 532 9832 or Roshni on 534 9786.

Regards
ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 18th November 2012
Event Ninth Senior Citizens Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2012
Venue Howick Recreation centre
Description Our tenth Senior Citizens Coffee Group session for the year 2012 was held at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on 18th November 2012. Fourteen seniors graced this event. Welcome to our two new seniors who joined this session- Mr Noshir Bhadha and Mrs Khurshed Bhadha who have come from Bombay.

Our volunteers picked up the seniors from their home at around 9:30 a.m. We started the day with a tea / coffee and snacks. Thanks to the Zoroastrian Community Trust, who donated custard for our seniors.

We played a couple of housie games and this was enjoyed by all. Some jokes and typical parsee gup sup kept our seniors enthralled. They were equally interested to know how the previous night's function of "Jamva Chaloji" went.

It was then time to celebrate the birthdays of our seniors. We celebrated the birthday of our seniors Vicaji Taraporewalla, Noshir Bhadha and Khurshed Bhadha. Everyone sang to the tune of the "Happy Birthday" song and the cake was shared by all. ZANZ always organises a cake each month to celebrate the birthdays. In this session we also had another cake which was donated by our member Hosi Katki. We take this opportunity to thank him and others who have donated in the past.

We would like to convey our thanks to Jimmy and Kashmira Mehta, Roxanne Noble and Roshni Khodaiji for sponsoring this session. Benifer Irani and Minoo Siganporia were our volunteers on that day.

Our next session will be held on 16th Dec. Being summer and our last session of the year, we have decided to organise a "Lunch at the beachside" . This will be held at Eastern beach. Our member who would like to remain anonymous has kindly agreed to organise snacks for this occasion. Watch this space for more details.

If you know of any Zarthosti seniors who would like to join this group please contact Minoo on 532 9832 or Roshni on 534 9786.

Regards
ZANZ Management Committee

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