By Hansel Fernandes and Fr Joyston Machado
The Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) of Don Bosco, Lonavla, organised one of the biggest events of the rainy season, ‘Monsoon Dhamaal’, exclusively for the students of Grade 12 on 4 August 2023. There was good and enthusiastic participation on the part of the youngsters in the event.
A fortnight prior to the commencement of the event, planning and preparation were set in motion. During this time, a dedicated core team was formed, consisting of teachers and students from the college. Mentored by Br Royston Colaco, the local Youth Ministry Delegate, and Fr Joyston Machado, the core team was fully prepared to take on the task at hand.
The event kicked off soon after the students had wrapped up their final unit test paper. It began at 10.30 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m. The Rector, Fr Blany Pinto, welcomed the youngsters, addressed the gathering, and declared the event open. During his talk, Fr Pinto enlightened them about the four dimensions of the SYM and how Monsoon Dhamaal was designed to enhance group dynamics by fostering a sense of coming together and bringing about a collaborative effort among the students.
Following this, the students were provided an opportunity to acquaint themselves with their counterparts from different classes. After the introduction, six teams were formed, and team games commenced. After several rounds of relays, the momentum transitioned into a medley of outdoor games. The students were all animated and participated with renewed gusto and vigour.
As the event drew to a close, the youngsters danced to some Bollywood numbers. The youngsters, who had registered themselves for the event, were happy to have the opportunity to revel in fellowship and celebrate their youthfulness. It was also a much-needed respite after their exams—a day of relaxation and enjoyment.
The joy was reflected on the faces of the youngsters as they extended their heartfelt thanks to both the SYM core team and the Salesians for executing the event to perfection.