Fam­ily re­unions rekin­dle a spirit of to­geth­er­ness

Sunday Tribune - - LETTERS -

A SPE­CIAL thank you to the Sun­day Tri­bune Her­ald for pro­vid­ing cover­age of the Poovalingam/ Pil­lay fam­ily re­union held in Chatsworth two weeks ago.

I find the trend in our com­mu­nity, in re­viv­ing re­unions, very im­por­tant. No com­mu­nity or fam­ily can ex­ist with­out a sense of his­tory.

This reignites the fam­ily spirit and high­lights the need to rekin­dle this vi­brant spirit of to­geth­er­ness in our com­mu­nity.

Many fam­i­lies were de­stroyed by the Group Areas Act, but it did not de­stroy the spirit of to­geth­er­ness.

Be­sides par­ty­ing, roots are be­ing re-es­tab­lished and lost friend­ships and fam­ily ties rekin­dled while rem­i­nisc­ing about the good old days.

Our com­mu­nity ur­gently needs this, for in today’s fast-paced so­ci­ety fam­i­lies don’t in­ter­act much and, as a re­sult, in many in­stances our chil­dren don’t even know their fam­i­lies across a room, largely be­cause we are too ab­sorbed in the ma­te­ri­al­is­tic world.

Fam­i­lies need to re­light the flame of kin­ship as in the past.

It was great to see rel­a­tives get to­gether in their num­bers, show­ing they had not for­got­ten their roots – it was heart-warm­ing to note 375.

Well done and keep the spirit alive. Let’s hope this is a trend and we see many more re­unions, as life is short.

To the or­gan­is­ers, your grat­i­tude and love for oth­ers will not go un­no­ticed.

It has been said that “noth­ing on earth ex­ceeds the love of one who has a big heart”.

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