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The Annual Trip of COSLAM this year took place on the 12th December 2016 at the Blue Water Villa, a small resort at Dhampe, Piliyandala on the banks of the Bolgoda lake. Nearly 50 members of COSLAM joined the much awaited outing. They made use of this occasion to relax, share camaraderie and temporarily take their minds away from the stress of daily life and the organisation’s various projects in hand. Some of the members used the bus that was arranged from Zahira College, Maradana at 8 a.m., while others availed their own mode of conveyance to reach the Hotel. A welcome drink was served to usher the guests who occupied the area surrounding a swimming pool overlooking the Lake. Each person was asked to introduce himself/herself in Malay, which they responded to fluently.
The day’s proceedings commenced as planned with the various games taking center stage and attention. Among the events were passing a water filled balloon, Camphor ball and spoon race, Pass a S-lon tube using legs and filling water into a mega bottle. The events brought much fun and excitement with members of all ages showing their ‘youthful’ skill and prowess. The members then made use of the pool. They did not forget to observe their Luhr salat in Jamath, a prerequisite feature in every COSLAM function and event. A scrumptious buffet lunch was ready to satisfy the hungry pallets topped up with ice cream for dessert.
A Malay language Do-you-know competition was held, dividing the members to 5 groups. Sdri Ayesha Zain was the quiz master, and Lisa Miskin and Raden Adjumain helped in the conducting of the quiz. This was followed by a sing along to which music and singing were provided by the talented Meedin brothers Rizwan and Irfath. Sdri. Ayesha and Liza sang Malay, English, Sinhala and Hindi numbers in their own inimitable style. The prize giving was next in the agenda. The President gave away the prizes for the games, quiz and a raffle draw and concluded the day’s program with a short speech emphasizing the need to speak Malay in our homes and touching on the uneasy situation in the country the Muslims are forced to feel. Following Asar prayers, the crowd dispersed bidding salam to their brothers and sisters in COSLAM appreciating the splendid time spent and hoping to have another outing next year.
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Terima Kasih Sdr. Geoffrey Meedin for sending us details.