Although they have been away from Arusha for more than half a century, they still admire and fondly talk about their community.
They were in Toronto to attend the first ever reunion of Arusha residents. And as soon as the first party was over, the “special group” moved to another celebration where they had a blast!
Toronto hosted the second re-union party early this month.
This special group was made up of former classmates who once attended Meru Primary School and Arusha and Meru Secondary Schools in Arusha. This party was attended by classmates from Burundi, Portugal, USA and rest of Canada.
Zahir Rajan of Houston, Texas, even paid premium cash to extend his stay for few more hours! “I was the only one from Africa, but it did not matter where we came from,” said Anar Kanji of Bujumbura. “It was wonderful.”
This event was organized by Shelina Govindji at her residence. It started with lunch and was followed by a grand gala dinner at African themed farm a few miles north of Toronto. The group had dinner, followed by dance and cut cutting ceremony. The group also attended the final picnic/barbeque party at a friend of Arusha .
“The re-union was excellent,” said Alnoor Bhanji from Portugal. “We have to keep this group going.”
People involved in the organization of this reunion included Shelina Govindji assisted by Imi Hashmani , Riyaz Hussein , Naazlin Jamal and Shafiq Dhalwani. Financial support was provided by Alnoor Bhanji and Alnoor Nanji. The group has resolved to take the re-union to next level of strengthening relationships and forming a network group. The group appointed Yasmin Kanji as a new chair and resolved to meet again in Calgary, Alberta in three years time.
(Submitted by Amin Maherali / Sultan Jessa)