The opening ceremony of the KSIJ Swimming Pool took place on 2nd of August 2013. Our President, Alhajj Shiraz P Walji, was present on this occasion with our Vice Chairman Alhajj Azim Bhai Dewji, President of the Africa Federation, Alhajj Anver Bhai Dharamsi, Former Presidents Alhajj Asgher K Bharwani and Alhajj Mohammed Dhirani to welcome our chief guest Maulana Sadik Hassan to facilitate this ceremony.
Our Mukhi and ceremony MC Alhajj Mushtak Bhai Damji, who commenced the event with the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by a speech by our Chief Guest Maulana Sadik Hassan, officially opened the two-hours event. The chairman of the Swimming committee Alhajj Amin Walji was also present to share a few words of thought on this beautiful project followed by our President who shared his joy on this event.
A fund raising appeal was then initiated by our Mukhi, Alhajj Mushtak Bhai Damji for the swimming pool. Several thousand dollars were collected but we are still $200,000 short on the project funding. A highlight of the fundraising event was by the Financial Controller of the NMB Bank who was playing soccer in our Ramadhan tournaments and who generously donated 10m for this project!
Then followed the ribbon cutting ceremony after which four of our youths, who were the first to plunge into the pool, competed, winner of which was awarded a 1-month free membership. This was a prelude to grooming a future Olympian from our community. Amen! The ceremony ended with a sumptuous meal for all those present on this event.