Doha May 10: Karishma Vaz, third year student of Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada won the May Queen beauty pageant of Doha Goans Sports Club (DGSC) beating off competition from 21 other contestants at a glittering function at Ramada Plaza Giwana Ballroom Hall on Thursday night.
Contestants from Canada, Russia, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India participated in the beauty pageant.
Angel Polacco was declared as the first runner-up followed Queenie Fernandes who bagged the second runner-up award.
Karishma was crowned as DGSC May Queen 2011 at the hands of former Miss India and Bollywood star Tanushree Dutta, who was the Guest for the day. Tanushree was accompanied on Doha trip by her sister Ishita Dutta.
Master Blaster Nelwyn Fernandes from Goa was compere for the show, which witnessed a full house weekend crowd. Each of the beauty pageant participants had to walk the ramp and besides introducing themselves had to answer one question.
Karishma, clinched the numero uno position for willingness to work for the underprivileged sections of society through Doha Goans Sports club, which found favour with the five judges- Tanushree Dutta , Aarti Fernandes, Dr Hema Stallard, Dr D Jeffrey Field and Archie D’Mello
“Irrespective if I win the title or not, I would definitely want to help the community through this club. My volunteering experiences have taught me to be selfless and help others and as far as I know the mission of this club is to help the poor and underprivileged. And so I would love to volunteer and help the community through this club,” said Karishma, in response to - Irrespective if you win tonight or not, would you help the community through this club?
The beauty pageant winners walked away with many prizes like Return Air tickets for two - Doha – Europe-Doha (any destination of their choice) Sponsored by KLM/Air France, Return Air tickets for two - Doha-Goa-Doha Sponsored by Ezy Travels Prizes in Gold and Pearl and stay at holiday resorts in Goa, besides cosmetics / perfumes and many more prizes
In addition there were many other prizes like 32” LG LCD TV, Microwave Ovens, Electrical appliances, Novelty items, 5 Star Hotel Dinner vouchers and many more for our guests in attendance.
The main sponsor of the show was Business Directory. The co-sponsors were Al Sulaiman Jewellers, Doha Bank , Refrigeration World, Signtec, Gulf Lights, Jumbo Electronics (LG), Insulation Engg Co. (Division of Almana), Megamart, Lulu, Prakat Jewellers, Marhaba Jewellery, Lone star’s Jewellers, Raj housing development Pvt ltd Goa, New World Centre, Kentz Engineering Qatar, Mark and Spencer, Domasco, Henmil Resort Calangute Goa and Foto gulfs and many others.
Refrigeration World, is a Goan owned company with 33% of Goan Staff, supporting Goan activities. Two bands bands, Delhi-based Black Slades and Kuwati based Goan band 2 Sharp performed at the show
The toast of the show was Black Slades who enthralled and mesmerizedthe crowd and won the hearts of the guest.
The organizers also cut a cake for the first Holy Communion children and different competitions were held besides there were lot of spot prizes and surprise prizes for guests.
DGSC President Ambrosio Dias welcomed the guests while Mauricio Pereira PRO and Sports and Cultural Director of DGSC delivered the vote of thanks. Part of the proceeds of the dance will be given to the National School of the Blind, Goa Branch informed the DGSC.
DGSC organised their first May Ball dance in 1991 under the presidentship of Basil Coutinho.
ABOUT DOHA GOANS SPORTS CLUB & GOA:
Last year the club was revived as DGSC has been instrumental in holding a number of events within a short span of time entire GoanCommunity got animated with different activities starting with Konkani Drama Songleank Nomoskar on 24 Sept 2010, Inter-village football tournament, Goa Day in November 2010, Francis Xavier Feast with free dinner followed by cultural programme on 3 Dec 2010 at the Church premises, Dine & Dance Annual Day in December 2010.
DGSC has launched a benevolent fund to reach out to the financially less privileged community members both in Qatar and Goa. The fund was unveiled on the occasion of the Konkani (tiatr) “Soglleank Nomoskar” at the Al Ghazal Club. The fund is specially for those facing problems specially at the time of deportation, need of costly medicines/operation and those who really cannot afford them,” the release added.
Goa - Goa is one party destination in India where the sun never sets down, come rain or sun, the party atmosphere continues 365 days of the year. People from the state have been known to break into a dance at the drop of the hat and music it is said runs in their veins. Musicians from Goa had put their stamp on the Bollywood industry and continue to do so.