Global Working Group (GWG)
Proposed Scheme for Welfare of Senior Citizen Mobeds
The Global Working Group (GWG), at their annual meetings, have decided to extend financial support to Mobeds, who having catered to the spiritual needs of the community, unfortunately in their old age continue to subsist in economically challenged circumstances.
The Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao have taken the initiative and successfully managed to convince a foreign based corporate to commit financial support for this proposal.
It has been decided by GWG – ZCK HK, to extend financial support to:
- Economically challenged Mobed Couples and Mobeds who are single or widowed, 60 years and over whose total income is less than Rs.50,000 per month.
- Economically challenged widows of Mobeds, 60 years and over whose total income is less than Rs. 25,000 per month.
The WZO Trust Funds have been requested to compile a Pan India list of Mobeds who meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above and are interested in receiving support, which will be disbursed on a quarterly basis.
Interested applicants will need to make available two passport size photographs, and should it be thought necessary, to make available bank pass books and other relevant documents for verification.
As the intent is to launch the proposed scheme from the quarter Jan / March 2019 onwards, Mobed couples, single or widowed Mobeds and widows of Mobeds, meeting the eligibility criteria and interested in receiving the support may please write immediately mentioning age, income, attach two photographs of each applicant and send the same to the address below, no later than November 30, 2018:
The WZO Trust Funds,
C-1, Hermes House,
Mama Parmanand Marg,
Mumbai 400 004.
Just Informing everyone that the 11th WZC speakers & programme has been uploaded on website. There will be new & innovative subjects & speakers.
Do check it out!
Early bird closes on 21 February 2018. Price for the normal registration will be $575 from 22 February 2018 (early bird is $499).
Please do inform your family and friends also. Thanks and hope to see you there!!
|North America – 2000|
|Outstanding World Zarathushti Award||Kaikhosrov D. Irani|
|World Zarathuhsti Award for Humanitarian Service and/or Philanthrophy||Mobed Mehraban Zaratoshty|
|World Zarathushti Award for Excellence in Business and Profession||Dr. Jamshed J Irani|
|World Zarathushti Award for Performing Arts, Painting and Literature||Zubin Mehli Mehta|
|World Zarathushti Youth Award for Outstanding leadership||Kerman Yazdi Jasavala|
|International Design Competition for the World Zarathushti Community Awards trophy||Mr. Shahram Akhtar Khavari|
|London – 2005|
|London did not hold WZC Awards|
|Dubai – 2009|
|Outstanding Zarathushti Award||Rohinton Rivetna|
|Community Service Award||Dinshaw Tamboly|
|Excellence in Medicine Award||Dr. Farokh Udwadia|
|Excellence in Performing Arts, Painting & Literature Award||Sooni Taraporevala|
|Technology and Engineering Award||Minoo Patel|
|Outstanding Philanthropist (Special Honor – not included in nomination category)||Zartoshty Brothers – Mehraban and Faridoon|
|Mumbai – 2013|
|Social Category||BPP gave Rs.1 Lakh to Mrs.Ratamai Peshotan Peer|
|Social Workers||BPP offered 9 social workers a token award of Rs.11,000/- each, for cleaning of Dokhmas and Fire Temples|
The Global Working Group brings together representatives of Federations in the diaspora. The GWG met in Hongkong on 15 and 16 December. As per tradition, the meeting was presided by the host Federation Chair which this year was Mr Neville Shroff of Hongkong. The meeting coincided with the AGM of the WZCC which was also graciously hosted by Hongkong. The GWG regretted the absence of any representative from the BPP though Mr Farokh Rustomji from FPZAI was indeed participating.
The GWG discussions took on from the previous meeting in December 2015 at Udvada which preceded the landmark 1st Iranshah Udvada Utsav. In retrospect the GWG consensus was that the 1st IUU had been a great success and congratulations were tendered to the Organising Team led by Vada Dasturji Khurshed. The GWG looks forward to the next IUU scheduled for 23 and 24 December 2017. Mr Dinshaw Tamboly briefed the GWG about preparations and the progress in the regeneration of Udvada, with help from the dynamic Central Minister Mrs Smriti Irani. The GWG welcomed the proposal to establish a Museum in Udvada as a milestone towards regeneration. Mrs Meher Bhesania was delegated with progressing this idea, based on suggestions received from the Prime Minister himself and Mrs Irani and the help and encouragement coming from that direction. There was also a suggestion to examine if the museum could be established in Mumbai rather than in Udvada but the balance of logic was in favour of Udvada – considering the cost of land in Mumbai. The Museum Project would be developed in conjunction with Dasturji Khurshed and Mr Tamboly while calling upon the technical expertise of Dr Shernaz Cama, Mrs Pheroza Godrej and Mrs Firoza Mistree.
A proposal to enable overseas Anjumans and Donors to donate in each case One Year’s supply of Kathi to Agiaries that require such assistance was also taken up.
The GWG received an update on preparations for the 11th World Congress to be hosted in Perth, Australia – from Mr Firoz Pestonji and Mr Jimmy Medhora on behalf of the Organising Committee. Details will be released in due course by the Organisers.
The GWG has appointed a committee to handle the 11th WZC Awards programme
The GWG has also appointed a committee to select the venue for the 12th World Zoroastrian Congress
The GWG also decided that Mr Yazdi Tantra will expand the portal Zoroastrians.net to disseminate information on Demographics, Opportunities, Activities and related Developments worldwide and the Regional Federations will publicize this portal to their memberships. This should ensure a Single Window of Information.
It was mooted that GWG should appoint an Administrator to oversee progress on its decisions and be a central point for communications. Initially Mr Neville Shroff of Hongkong was requested to take up this assignment subject to the agreement of the Hongkong Board.
The GWG has initiated the following sub-committees with individuals charged with reporting their work;
Women Mrs Behroze Daruwalla and Mrs Katayun Kapadia
Youth Mr Arzan Sam Wadia
Resettlement and Information Each Region to appoint one Coordinator and report the name within the next 30 days
Arts & Culture Mrs Meher Bhesania
Education Mr Farokh Rustomji
As regards Entrepreneurship, it was felt the WZCC was the right forum to progress this initiative. Subsequently several members and well wishers have continued this dialogue and will be taking forward initiatives to Change the mindset of Zoroastrian youth and more importantly their parents towards Risk Taking.
The GWG reiterated the view that it was most important for leaders and in particular elected officers from the diaspora to meet and talk periodically because the contacts and frienships that are made in such interaction serve dramatically to improve relations and tackle problems.
Neville Shroff and his team were profusely thanked for their hospitality and for hosting these twin events with great warmth and professionalism.
Further details can be obtained by the media from Dorab Mistry, Dinshaw Tamboly, Homi Gandhi or Rohinton Rivetna.
Many thanks and best regards
Dorab Mistry OBE