Porvorim Rising, a citizen’s collective with the backing of local MLA Rohan Khaunte have come together to organise a fun family event ‘NoMoZo’. The aim behind the NoMoZo is to promote green and clean Porvorim as well as to bring the people of the constituency together. After much planning the first edition of NoMoZo will be held on December 10. NT BUZZ reports
Danuska Da Gama | nt buzz
We can’t do without our cars and bikes, even if there’s public transport or the local market is a 5-minute walk from our homes. We are all so accustomed to being ‘mobile’ on roads that life without personal transports seems meaningless. Simultaneously we also know that reducing the use of vehicular traffic can have a positive impact — like keeping us fit if we walk, saving money on fuel or more importantly saving our planet from the pollution and damage caused due to the use of vehicles.
Modelled on the NoMoZo events that initially began in Panaji, Porvorim Rising — a citizen’s collective of Porvorim residents with the backing of local MLA Rohan Khaunte — are all set to create a series of buzzing events. With the first event being planned meticulously, NoMoZo will come alive on the service stretch in Porvorim from the old Directorate of Education (near IHM) to ACDIL High School. Here the service road will be cordoned off allowing people to walk and run around freely while enjoying the experience of fun and games and adventure activities.
Speaking about why this concept is required and should be done at other places, Rohan Khaunte says: “The Non-Motorised Zone (NoMoZo) organised in Porvorim is a good initiative that brings people together. The festival promotes a healthy lifestyle with many activities being planned that can give the body a good exercise. It also encourages people to give up their vehicles for a day, which is a step towards reducing pollution. I welcome all to join us for the NoMoZo. Come one, come all!”
The service road will be lined with 40 stalls including artefact stalls, special kids zones, various forms of martial arts, dances, zumba, street plays, pottery and much more. The initiative conceived by like-minded people of Porvorim includes individuals from various professions like teachers, architects, environmentalists, fashion designers, etc, who have voluntarily come out to support the cause in order to make the event one that can be looked forward to by families.
Coordinator of the event, Ninil D’Souza who spearheaded the initiative tells us that while talks have been happening for quite a few months, they actually got down to creating a master plan of the event a month and half ago. “All of us involved in this NoMoZo Porvorim are doing so voluntarily, for no profit, but for the love of the environment, to promote the concept of ‘Clean Porvorim- Green Porvorim’ as well as to offer wholesome entertainment for the people of Porvorim.”
Shedding some light on the sequence of events lined up for the day he says that there would be three zones where various activities will take place simultaneously. Each of the 16 food stalls will be serving homemade food or food cooked by home entrepreneurs. The other stalls will have Christmas decoration, bamboo and other artefacts, jewellery and more.
This NoMoZo event is much more than just making an effort to keep the environment clean. “With the street coming alive it creates an opportunity for families to come out and enjoy the weekend, as often many don’t like to go out citing some or the other excuse,” says Ninil.
From cycling, face painting, balloon art, paper craft, wealth out of waste making, to dance exercise, flash mob, shigmo dance and more, there are many activities planned for those few hours.
In addition to trying to promote a better environment, a notable initiative during the NoMoZo will be a special ‘inclusive zone’ where children from Porvorim constituency will get to interact with children with special needs, under supervision and guidance. There will also be a zone dedicated to senior citizens who will come together to sing and play musical instruments and have fun.
While Christmas is generally the most looked forward to day in December, the residents of Porvorim are eagerly waiting December 10 so they can celebrate togetherness, community enrichment and fun.
NoMoZo will raise awareness on the benefits of keeping our vehicles behind so as to bring together free walking space, street shopping, fun games, food and festivities.
(Porvorim NoMoZo will be held on December 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Porvorim service road from old Directorate of Education to ACDIL High School.)