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All About Giving Back At 2011 ZANE Graduation Barbecue

The Zambian Association of New England, held its Annual Graduation Barbecue that celebrates the achievements of graduates in the ZANE community, Saturday, May 14th, 2011. This fun event, which is hosted at Arsenal Park in Watertown, MA, begun in 2009 and honors the graduates, as well as brings together their friends, families and the whole community, for a day of delicious barbecue and outdoor sports activities.

Class of 2011 comprised of two financial whizzes:

Mr. Progress Pezulu – graduated with a Master’s degree in International Finance and Economics
Mr. Robert Chege – graduated with a Certified Public Accounting Qualification

This year’s event held special significance as past ZANE Graduates instituted a great tradition of what it means to be a ZANE Graduate, by giving back and ensuring that there was food, drinks and music galore…

ZANE’s Graduation Barbecue was well attended with well-wishers travelling as far as Rhode Island. ZANE’s Education Director, Ms. Sibeso Macwani explained to those gathered how both Progress and Robert voluntarily serve on the CTS Team; an initiative of ZANE to help implement its programs in its newly adopted school – Chimwemwe Trust School. She wished them well in their future endeavors and offered words of encouragement. Ms. Macwani left them with these wise words saying, “Carry on the tradition of what it means to be a ZANE Graduate inall aspects of your lives – a character of excellence and giving back.”

An official presentation of gifts was then done by ZANE’s 2010 Honorary Graduate Ms. Dorothy Harrison. Later on, dessert which comprised of graduation cake and seasonal fruit was enjoyed by all.

Young Anna Songolo summed up the mood of the exuberant crowd saying, “This is the best BBQ ever!!!”

By Zangi

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