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2013 Senior Citizens Coffee Group

Date 17th February 2013
Event First Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2013
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description The first Senior Citizens Coffee Group for the year 2013 was held on 17th Feb at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fifteen seniors attended this session and they were glad to be back to their usual club.

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.

We served tea / coffee and snacks to start the day. Later on, Mr Sheriar Irani gave a brief talk on how to manage chronic conditions and live a healthy life. This discussion focussed on how to understand and manage the day to day situations relating to the ailments in a holistic manner. This was just an initial introduction and our seniors were asked if they were interested in pursuing this workshop of six weeks which is conducted under the auspices of Ministry of Health.

We then moved on to playing housie games which our seniors are sentimentally attached to. We played two games and all winners were given away chocolates. Finally it was that time of the day when we wanted to celebrate the birthday of our senior, Mani Mowji. Everyone joined to the tune of the ‘Happy Birthday’ song. There were plenty of snacks available on that day and everyone enjoyed the day.

We would like to convey our thanks to Jimmy and Kashmira Mehta, Roxanne Noble and Roshni Khodaiji for sponsoring this session. Big thanks to Mana and Tehmurasp Vazifdar for bringing sweets and Shernaz Kapadia for bringing ice cream for everyone. Our thanks also go to Paeterasp & Anahita Vevaina, Benifer Irani, Minoo Siganporia and Binaifer Aspar for being volunteers on that day.

Our next senior’s session will be held on 17th March. To celebrate Jamshedi Nowruz, we have decided to provide a delicious lunch followed by a Hindi movie.

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 17th March 2013
Event Second Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2013
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description Our second Senior Citizens Coffee Group session for 2013 was held at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on 17th March 2013. Eighteen seniors graced this event.

Our volunteers picked up the seniors from their homes around 9:30 a.m. We started the day with tea / coffee and tasteful sev, served with dahi, banana and boiled egg. Thanks to Binaifer Irani and Paeterasp & Anahita Vevaina for sponsoring the same.

This session was a party for our seniors for the forthcoming Navroze celebration. ZANZ had organised to show the famous Bollywood movie "Special Chhabbis". Thanks to Paeterasp Vevaina who arranged for the screen and other equipment to facilitate the showing of the movie.

The seniors were then served delicious dhan dar with machhi no patio. The yummy food was followed by a sumptuous cake. One of our senior, Nargish Tata, had brought some Indian sweets to be distributed to all.

This month there was no birthday of any of our attending seniors.
Before we could windup for the day, our volunteer Kashmira Kambata made the seniors sing some Parsi songs and taught them some Persian words.

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

Our next session will be held on 21st April 2013.

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 19th May 2013
Event Third Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2013
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description The third Senior Citizens Coffee Group for the year 2013 was held on 19th May at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eighteen seniors attended this session. We started this session with prayers for our senior Mr Naoroji Kharas who passed away on 29th March. Mr Naoroji Kharas used to come regularly to our SCCGs and enjoyed the camaraderie of this club. God bless his soul!
Our seniors had requested us in the past that they would like to learn the basics of using the computer and the different options of emailing etc. This session was therefore all about getting to know your computer and how to email and use other features.
We served tea / coffee and snacks to start the day. Our member Farzana Anklesaria who kindly volunteered to help our seniors on getting to know the basics of computer joined us later. She gave an excellent demo on the screen which was enjoyed and appreciated by all our seniors. Paeterasp Vevaina proved to be of immense help to us as he arranged for the projector and other electrical accessories to get this show going. The seniors warmed up to this occasion and asked questions, making this session an interactive one.
In this session we celebrated the birthdays of our seniors Mrs Mana Vazifdar, Mrs Nargis Tata and Mrs Perin Daruwalla. Everyone joined to the tune of Happy birthday song. A birthday cake was cut and shared by all our seniors.
We would like to convey our thanks to Jimmy and Kashmira Mehta, Roxanne Noble and Roshni Khodaiji for sponsoring this session. Our thanks also to Paeterasp & Anahita Vevaina, Benifer Irani, Minoo Siganporia and Binaifer Aspar for being volunteers on that day. A great effort was made by Mrs Farzana Anklesaria to put the screen shots and the instructions together and then explain the nous of computer and emails. We thank her for her time and patience!
Our next senior's session will be held on 16th June.
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 16th June 2013
Event Fourth Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2013
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description Our fourth Senior Citizens Coffee Group session for 2013 was held at Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on 16th June 2013. 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 khari biscuit and other snacks.

Our volunteer, Minoo Siganporia, created a unique game for our seniors, who were very happy to play – the name game. Ofcourse, the seniors would not leave without their usual game of housie.

Finally it was that time of the day when we wanted to celebrate the birthday of our seniors Sheri Vaghchipwala and Roshni Irani. Everyone joined to the tune of the 'Happy Birthday' song. There were plenty of snacks available on that day and everyone enjoyed the day.

We would like to thank our volunteers for the day – the lively Benifer Irani, Minoo Siganporia, Paeterasp & Anahita Vevaina, and Binaifer Aspar,

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

Our next session will be held on 21st July 2013 @ 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 July 2013
Event Fifth Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2013
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description The fifth Senior Citizens Coffee Group for the year 2013 was held on 21st July at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sixteen seniors attended this session. It is nice to hear comments from one of our member who came to drop her mother. She mentioned that her Mom is very keen and excited to join this session. Her mom also goes to attend Bharatiya Samaj Seniors meet but she enjoys our sessions with much fanfare.

Our sessions always starts with chai. We served tea / coffee and snacks to get going. It is winter time and back in India we always used to have Vasanu. In this session we were able to serve Vasanu to our seniors, kind courtesy of Kayomerz and Nilufer Fatakia. We also take this opportunity to thank Binaifer Bilia who also served vasanu to our dear seniors. The seniors enjoyed this handsome treat and relished this magnificent parsee dish. Our thanks to Fatakias for this wonderful gesture. Benifer Irani had also brought in bhakras in lieu of the Kadmi New Year.

We then moved on to playing "Feed the cookie to the dragon" in which seniors were blindfolded and were given a cookie which was to be placed nearest to the mouth of the dragon as possible. The seniors enjoyed this game but behind this facade was the underlying desire to play housie. We therefore played few games of housie to keep them happy. Every time a game was won we gave away chocolates.

In this session we celebrated the birthdays of our seniors Mrs Thrity Mistry and Mr Minoo Daruwalla. Everyone joined to the tune of Happy birthday song. A birthday cake was cut and shared by all our seniors. Thanks to Thrity aunty and Anahita Daruwalla for bringing cakes to be shared by all.

We would like to convey our thanks to Jimmy and Kashmira Mehta, Roxanne Noble and Roshni Khodaiji for sponsoring this session. We would also like to thank our volunteers Anahita Vevaina and Minoo Siganporia.

This event is a unique event where people from all walks of life want to contribute or help or sponsor and that proves that this event of ZANZ has been a great success from day one.

Our next senior's session will be held on 25th August. 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; Benifer on 535 9891; Roshni on 534 9786 or Anaheeta on 576 8947.

Regards,
ZANZ Management Committee

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Date  25th August 2013 
Event  Sixth Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2013 
Venue  Howick Recreation Centre 
Description  ZANZ Sixth Senior Citizens’ Coffee Group for the year 2013 was held on 25th August at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

18 seniors attended this session.  It is always nice to hear positive comments from members who sometimes come to drop their parents, who mentioned that Seniors are very keen and excited to join this session every month devotedly with fanfare and typical Parsi atmosphere.   This time Seniors greeted one and all with SAAL MUBARAK !!

Our sessions always start with chai. We served tea / coffee and snacks to get going initially, which followed with sev and dahi.  In this session, ZANZ was celebrating Parsi Navu Varas Luncheon of Dhun Dal neh Chicken noh Patio for non-vegies & Vegetarian Patio for vegies and Chutney Eda nah Pattice with Chennai Express Movie and followed by Mango Mousse.  The seniors enjoyed this handsome treat and relished this magnificent famous Parsi dishes, angla chatti chatti neh.  Our special thanks to a sponsor, who wishes to be anonymous, for the wonderful gesture of sponsoring this scrumptious luncheon which was cooked by Kaizad Karkaria and enjoyed by all.

In this session, as usual we also celebrated the birthdays of our Seniors,  Shirin Balsara & Homai Elavia. Everyone joined to the tune of Happy birthday song.  A birthday cake was cut and shared by all our seniors.

We would like to convey our thanks to Jimmy and Kashmira Mehta, Roxanne Noble and Roshni Khodaiji for sponsoring this session.

We would also like to thank our volunteers Anaheeta Sethna, Faranak Kabir, Paeterasp Vevaina and Benifer Irani.

This event is a unique event where people from all walks of life want to contribute or help or sponsor and that proves that this event of ZANZ has been a great success from day one.

Our next Senior’s Session will be held on Sunday, 15th September with other Sponsored heavy Snacks for Seniors to cherish upon.

If you know of any Zarthosti Seniors who would like to join this Coffee Group please contact …..

Anaheeta 576 8947     Benifer 535 9891     or       Roshni on 534 9786.
Regards,
ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 15th September 2013
Event Seventh Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2013
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description The seventh Senior Citizens Coffee Group for the year 2013 was held on 15th September at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Nineteen seniors attended this session. We had a senior joining for the first time in this session. Welcome to Mr Minoo Panveliwalla.
The morning always begins with chai. The seniors were happy to squeeze in this small hall we have, especially since the numbers are growing for this club. After all it is the companionship and the atmosphere which matters. We served tea / coffee with Sev and dahi to get going. Our member who would like to remain anonymous had magnanimously arranged with us to sponsor food / snacks for this session. We then served our seniors with Samosa, Chicken cutlets and Sandwiches to make their Sunday a perfect treat. The seniors were amazed with this generosity and wanted to know the family. Unfortunately we couldn't reveal the name so they requested us to convey their blessings and best wishes for his birthday. We thank this person and his family from the bottom of our hearts and also passed on our senior's message to him.
We then moved on to playing housie. The seniors enjoyed two games. We gave away chocolate bars as prizes, again thanks to the same family who arranged for this wholesome treat. We then requested new seniors who had joined in the last 3-4 sessions to introduce themselves.
We didn't have any senior's birthdays this month to celebrate.
We would like to convey our thanks to Jimmy and Kashmira Mehta, Roxanne Noble and Roshni Khodaiji for sponsoring this session. We would also like to thank our volunteers Anahita Vevaina and Minoo Siganporia.
This event is a unique event where people from all walks of life want to contribute or help or sponsor and this proves that this event of ZANZ has been a great success from day one.
Our next senior's session will be held on 20th October. Watch this space for more details.
If you know of any Zarthosti seniors who would like to join this group please contact Minoo (532-9832), Roshni (534-9786), Benifer (535-9891) or Anaheeta (576-8947).
Regards
ZANZ Management Committee
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Date 20th October 2013
Event Eighth Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2013
Venue Howick Recreation Centre
Description The eighth Senior Citizens Coffee Group for the year 2013 was held on 20th October at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Twenty seniors attended this session. Its dignifying to our association, that so many of our seniors enjoy attending our sessions even if they are just visiting their families.

We started with The tea / coffee session. This time Daliah Kermani, kindly, served relishing pani puri, mouth watering bhel puri and dahi batata puri . Our seniors thoroughly enjoyed the savoured taste bringing back memories of Chowpatty/Juhi beach evenings. The eating span left no room for playing any game of housie.

We had three seniors who celebrated their birthdays in the month of October; Godafrid Irani, Kersi Karkaria & Nergish Khambatta. We would like to convey our thanks to Jimmy and Kashmira Mehta, Roxanne Noble and Roshni Khodaiji for sponsoring this session. We would also like to thank our volunteer Daliah Kermani and her lovely daughter Hufriya Kermani.

This event is a unique event where people from all walks of life want to contribute or help or sponsor and this proves that this event of ZANZ has been a great success from day one.

Our next senior’s session will be held on 17th November.

Regards,

ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 17th November 2013 
Event  Ninth Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2013 
Venue  Howick Recreation Centre
Description  The ninth Senior Citizens Coffee Group for the year 2013 was held on 17th November at the Howick Recreation Centre from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Twenty One seniors attended this session.

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 of their fellow friends. We have some generous donors who whole-heartedly donate towards most of these sessions.

Our sessions always starts with chai. We served tea / coffee to get going.
This session started with tasty preparation by Faranak Kabir's sagaan-no-ravo, and batata puri with achaar (donated by Benifer Irani) and to top it up there was Gulab Jamun made with full compassion by our senior Mani Seervai.

After having this delicious brunch the seniors were all charged up to play housie. Our champion Benifer Irani led the floor for housie. There were many chocolates as give-away prizes.

In this session we celebrated the birthdays of our seniors Mani Seervai, Noshir Cooverji & Vicaji Taraporewala (he is not well and hence could not attend). Everyone joined to the tune of Happy birthday song. A birthday cake was cut and shared by all our seniors.

We would like to convey our thanks to Faranak Kabir for sponsoring the eats for this session. We would also like to thank our volunteers Anahita Vevaina, Minoo Siganporia and Binaifer Aspar.

This event is a unique event where people from all walks of life want to contribute or help or sponsor and that proves that this event of ZANZ has been a great success from day one.

If you know of any Zarthosti seniors who would like to join this group please contact
Benifer 535 9891 ; Roshni 534 9786 or Anaheeta 576 8947

Regards,
ZANZ Management Committee

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Date 8th December 2013
Event Tenth Senior Citizen's Coffee Group Meeting of the year 2013
Venue Wright's Water Gardens
Description The last Senior Citizens Coffee Group for the year 2013 was held on 8th December 2013.

It was one of the most enjoyable picnic that our seniors had but was also enjoyed by our volunteers.

The day started with some volunteers picking some seniors from their residence and other seniors requested to meet at Pakuranga plaza. We all gathered at the spot and started off to Patumahoe. It was a fun drive even though the weather kept changing with sudden heavy downpours and next minute beautiful sunshine.

We reached the Wright's water gardens and settled our seniors to start with the most important thing – FOOD!!!!

Thanks to our generous donor (who wishes to remain anonymous), who supplied cheese-ham, vegetable & chicken sandwiches, parsi's favourite-pora pav, kalaiji with nice tamtamata potatoes, sev, dahi and cold drinks.

We then got the seniors to play housie and musical chairs.

Our musician Mr. Tehmurasp Vazifdar played some joyful music on his mouth-organ. (see video below)

Vicaji Taraporewala and Zarine Khambatta had bought cake for the birthdays.
We then celebrated the birthdays of our seniors Vicaji Taraporewala, Zarine Khambatta, Tehmurasp Vazifdar and Minoo Panveliwalla.

Two donors generously donated hand-made chocolates to be given out to seniors / volunteers as Christmas gifts.

It was a beautiful day inspite of the downpour, it was windy but our seniors enjoyed every bit of it. The scenery was beautiful with a waterfall nearby with lots of lotus and water lilies and gold fishes swimming in the waters.

ZANZ would like to thank the volunteers for the day – Anahita Vevaina, Merzi Daruwalla, Cyrus, Rati, Aafreen and Viraf Mehta.

We recently asked one of our regular volunteer, Mr. Minoo Siganporia, as to his motivation for continuing to help out at the Coffee Group Sessions. His response was: "I was in the ZANZ Committee when we decided that it would be good to have an exclusive event for Seniors. Before requesting our members or community for volunteers I thought it would be a good idea to lead from the front. I had also heard amazing tales of volunteers in NZ and hence i decided to put this idealism into practice by joining this fraternity. After my tenure in the ZANZ Committee, I stayed put as a volunteer and have never looked back, abeit lately, the work demands have curtailed my attendance. I guess one quote has stuck with me for a very long time and it is apt to mention this here: 'Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty'."

Our next senior's session will be held on 16th February 2014.

If you know of any Zarthosti seniors who would like to join this group please contact .....
Benifer 535 9891 ; Roshni on 534 9786 or Anaheeta on 576 8947

Regards,
ZANZ Management Committee.

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