PECOSA appeals for ”˜Meals on Wheels’ volunteers to help elders in need


By Manju Mittal

Sydney came alive on Sunday November 13, 2016 with a Surmai Shaam organised by PECOSA ( Punjab Engineering College Of Old Students Association). The event held at Madison Function Centre, Dural,  was a night of Bollywood extravaganza, a bit of classical music, songs of Bollywood new and old with Vinod Kumar Rajput, Dr Reena Mehta and their team of musicians, Punjabi bhangra mixed with fun and food.


It was a packed audience with a night attended by PECOSAmembers and guests. The program began with welcome speeches by young sisters Arunita and Punya Seth and the president of PECOSA Mr Arunesh Seth followed by Australian, Indian Anthems and the lamp lighting ceremony by honourable guests Julia Finn MP and Gian Banga, Chairman of PECOSA. They acknowledged PECOSA’s contribution and its role in raising the much needed funds.


Indian musical soon commenced with presentation of a video on ”˜Meals on Wheels’ services followed by PECOSA Secretary Ashok Sud’s speech. PECOSA member and volunteer Babita Shrestha was emcee of the evening as she warmed up the guests and welcomed artists of the evening Vinod Rajput, Dr Reena Mehta and Gurdeep Singh. Vinod Rajput and Reena Mehta started off to a thundering applause with the soft romantic numbers. They also included other Bollywood hit numbers.  Gurdeep Singh’s solo Punjabi song was amazing as he performed a few more Punjabi tunes and treated all to his hilarious impressions of Gurdas Maan.

Highlight of the evening was well coordinated Dandia dance performance by Pecosa team. Jaggi Bhangra group got a big applause from the audience soon everyone was on their feet including many young children. Cultural program kept the guests entertained, our local talented performers made sure they had the audience including Julia Finn MP tapping to their selection of Bollywood numbers.


PICOSA 3President of PECOSA Arunesh Seth thanked everyone for attending and supporting the event, “The aim is to acknowledge our services, encourage future good work, and motivate our youngsters to follow the path of good education”, Arunesh said.

Music was the centre theme of the evening, an experience very different as singers and dancers encouraged interaction by the audience in an informal atmosphere. The evening turned out to be quite an entertaining one from the audience’s perspective.


Great audience and good food are the ingredients of a memorable evening. After Surmai Shaam delicious dinner served by Ajay Raj of Maya Da Dhaba was icing on the cake. PECOSA gave Sydney a memorable musical evening, all for a good cause, as always they do.










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