.2As one of the largest charities in U K supported by the people from the state of Kerala, India, the British Malayali Charity Foundation held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 23 rd March 2019 at Beechen Cliff School hall at the historical city of Bath, England. The AGM began at 2 pm with the welcome speech by Vice Chairman Jagadees Nair and the presidential speech of the chairman, Shaji Lukose. Secretary, George Mathew presented the annual working report and treasurer Simon Jacob read the accounts, both of the report and the accounts were subsequently approved by the AGM. The AGM unanimously elected all the trustees to the new term except one, who stepped down voluntarily due to the busy schedule of their new business venture. Apart from the ten previous trustees, another five new faces also added to the trust based on their skills and expertise in their respective professional fields, which is expected to be benefitted to the day today working of the foundation. Ex-chairman Francis Antony, Ex Vice-Chairman Soni Chacko, Resmi Rajesh Prakash, Manuel Mathew & Jimmy George are the new trustees inducted into the team. When Shaji Lukose (Chairman), Jagadees Nair (Vice- Chairman), George Mathew (Edathua- Secretary), Prasanna Shine (Jt. Secretary), Simon Jacob (Treasurer) & Afsal Aruvippurath( Jt. Treasurer) are elected to continue as office bearers, Augustine M.V (Tomichen Kozhuvanal), Cimy George, Sabu Sebastian (Chundakattil) and Roy Stephen BEM are also elected by the AGM to continue as trustees from the previous term. The AGM ended with the vote of thanks by Jt. Secretary, Prasanna Shine. A committee headed by Jagadees Nair as general convenor has set up to arrange and organise the annual public charity event such as skydiving or carnival in the coming year. Afsal, Resmi, Tomichen, Sabu, Cimy, Roy Stephen BEM, Sam Thiruvathil, Siby Meprathu, Ajimon Edakkara, K.D Shajimon & K.R Shaijumon are the other committee members.

A public event named ‘Meet & Greet’ was also organised immediately after the AGM which was presided over by chairman Shaji Lukose and Cllr. Tom Aditya was the chief guest. Advisory committee convenor Sam Thiruvathil, Advisory board member Sibby Thomas, British Malayali resident editor K.R Shaijumon, trustee Roy Stephen BEM delivered their speeches in the programme and suggested a number of ideas/programmes to be implemented in the charity foundation. They all stressed the importance of charity works in our day to day life with the need to set aside extra time for helping others. Cllr. Tom Aditya thanked the BMCF team for making a very positive impact in the Malayali community by initiating the charity activities.

Sibby Thomas received an amount of £ 500.00 on behalf of ‘Mary’s Meal’, in which he is a community ambassador and feeds millions of school children across the world. An amount of £ 500.00 was given to Southampton Sunday Lunch Project, which was given to Simon Jacob to hand over the same accordingly. The programme was concluded with the vote of thanks of the general convenor and Vice Chairman, Jagadess Nair.

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