Mangaluru, 29 Jun 2015: Konkan Overseas Returnees Welfare Association (KORWA) distributed school bags and books to needy, deserving students in a simple ceremony held at Milagres hall here on Sunday June 28.

The school bags and books were distributed to nearly 500 students of St Joseph the Worker School, St Rita Higher Primary School, Government Higher Primary School, Al Hazan School and other schools on the occasion.

Addressing the students, Mangaluru south MLA J R Lobo said, ‘KORWA is an association formed by a group of people who have returned from the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries for good are striving for the welfare of Gulf returnees and needy people in their homeland. After completing their studies, they left the country in search of jobs, and in order to give something back to society they formed this organization.

‘KORWA has taken this initiative to support the children in their education. The best way to pay KORWA back is to study well and score good marks in exams. If you don’t do well in your studies then their efforts will fail. So, I advise you children to study well so that their efforts bear fruit,’ said MLA Lobo.

KORWA president Louis Lobo welcomed the gathering.

Delicious breakfast was served to everyone present.

DySP Dr Venkatesh Prasanna, KORWA vice-president Elias Sanctis, general secretary Jacinta Pinto, former mayor Judith Mascarenhas, Milagres parish priest Fr Valerian D’Souza, Archie Menezes, David D Souza, Nancy Menezes, Patricia Lobo, Flora Hislop, Devdas Kumar and others were present.

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