Goan Welfare Society
The Goan Welfare Society (GWS) was founded in March 1983 to provide limited assistance to Goans living in the UK. The responsibility for the Charity was handed over to the Goan Association (UK) when the original Trustees had passed away and in October 2004, it was re-constituted with Trustees appointed by the Board of Directors. However, as required by the Charity Commission, the Charity operates as an autonomous body with its own membership and raising its own funds. The present Trustees are: Paul De Mendonça, Norma Menezes-Rahim, Alfred Rebello, Raymond Lobo and Flavio Gracias.
Becoming a member of GWS could not be simpler – just complete the application form and a single “one-off” subscription of £1.00. Anyone is welcome to join the Charity – it would be an achievement if we could reach a target of hundred members.
Over the past few years, the welfare work has shown a considerable demand with the numbers of Goans increasing and also with the ageing community needing more assistance. This has put pressure on the Charity because of a lack of funds and also more importantly because more volunteers are desperately needed – as the saying goes “the harvest is big but the labourers are few”.
In 2010, GWS with support from members of the Goan Community repatriated the body of a fellow Goan (who died unexpectedly) to his family in Goa for burial.
In 2011, GWS raised funds to send a Goan lady (who suffered a stroke) back to her family in Mumbai.
the saying goes “the harvest is big but the labourers are few”.
Thanks to the generosity from our many donors, the above are some great examples of how the GWS stepped in to provide much needed assistance for members of the Community. We have been involved in other welfare work such as prison visits and helping families with domestic problems. The work can only continue if we receive financial support from the community. Donations should be sent to:
In 2013, GWS (with the support of fellow organisations) was able to repatriate the body of another fellow Goan to his family in Verna, Goa. He left behind a wife and two small children in Goa and they were able to say a final farewell to their loved one before burial.
The Goan Welfare Society, “The Firs” 17 Firs Drive, Cranford, Middlesex, TW5 9TA.
SO…..CAN YOU HELP US?
We are starting a fund-raising drive to encourage Goans to:
- Become Members – for £1 subscription
- Give one-off donations
- Join the “planned giving” scheme
- Remember GWS on special occasions – e.g. anniversaries
- Consider leaving a legacy in your will
Help us to help those less fortunate within your community.
Please Download the attached PDF by clicking the link below to donate
AN APPEAL TO HELP A FELLOW GOAN
THE CASE OF KENNETH DE SOUZA
Kenneth De Souza is a young man (from Merces, Goa) who celebrated his 25th birthday on Sunday 22 November 2015 and is presently lying in a coma in Charing Cross Hospital. Kenneth suffered an acute asthma attack whilst running for a bus, which resulted in a few minutes of oxygen deprivation that left him with a brain injury.
His grief stricken father, Joaquim De Souza, flew to London to be with his son and has kept vigil 7days a week 24 hours a day at the hospital The medical team at the hospital have indicated that he is unlikely to recover and therefore, Joaquim wants to take Kenneth back to Goa so that he can spend any time he has left under the loving care of his family.
Air India is able to take Kenneth on a stretcher but the cost of the flight will be about £10,000.00. A few friends from Merces, now living in Swindon and some family friends in Hounslow have collected about £2,000.00 between them. I am appealing to you once again for your generosity to help us send Kenneth back to his family in Goa. I am working with the Goan Community Association (Ealing) and other individuals to raise funds as quickly as possible. We plan to channel all monies raised through the Goan Welfare Society (GWS), our very own charity arm in the UK (Charity No. 280542).
Any contribution is most welcome to help us achieve our target of £8,000.00 needed for flying Kenneth to Goa. Donations in cash can be handed to any Trustee of the Goan Welfare Society (Paul De Mendonca, Norma Menezes-Rahim, Alfred Rebello & Bosco Saldanha) or to any Director of the Goan Association (UK). Cheques should be made payable to: Goan Welfare Society and endorsed on the reverse “Kenneth De Souza” and can be posted to the address above.
In addition, we are looking for a medical escort to accompany Kenneth and, if you or anyone you know can help, please contact me as a matter of urgency.
May I convey my sincere thanks in advance for your help and support.
p.s. Alternatively, pay direct into the Goan Welfare Society bank account held at HSBC, Greenford Branch, 484 Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8SJ
Sort Code: 40-22-30 Account No. 01435981 (Reference the payment: Kenneth).
Please let us know so that we can send an acknowledgement.