The bus tour organised by Huis Madelief on Saturday 6 October 2018 was indeed a great success.
At 8.00 am everyone boarded the bus and left for Ommen. The weather was beautiful and the mood was good. On arrival, there was coffee and cake for all, and then we had a lovely boat trip. Both the bus trip and the boat tour led us through beautiful nature reserves. We also drove through the beautiful estate Vilsteren. After the boat trip, we visited a beautiful church where many of our group spent a peaceful moment. We ended our trip in Restaurant de Ruif, where we ate a delicious meal.
About 7.00 pm, we were back in Hoogvliet where we were met by a few volunteers who spoilt us with soup and sandwiches as a conclusion to this day. The bus trip is definitely worth repeating.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this day an unforgettable day.
On Tuesday 6 November 2018, House Madelief organised a fashion show together with Skyline Mode. There was a very nice collection and many items were brought. The Skyline ladies helped the elderly people to try on the clothes which was much appreciated. Meanwhile, there was time for a cup of coffee or tea, amidst much discussion about the clothes. The participants went home very happy with their newly purchased clothes.
To find out, I visited a Sanjuro Martial Arts class in North London to meet Glenn, Anita and the young people they work with. After a tour of Bruce Grove Youth Club, I watched the disability group in action – and wow, it was active! There was no let-up in the energy and focus of the class. From the parents and carers, I heard how important the group was in developing confidence and physicality. The young students from an earlier class joined in, demonstrating Sanjuro’s emphasis on helping each other. They helped me too, when my spelling skills failed!
A week later, I was at the JC Dragon’s Heart Europe Community Centre (House Madelief) in Hoogvliet. Kitty and her friendly team made me very welcome – and even persuaded me to join in a tai chi class with Olympic coach Chris de Korte. Madelief Huis feels like a family home – an inviting, cheerful place that provides activities and company for isolated elders. The local community can pick up second-hand bargains at the Centre, which encourages a mix of all ages. I was very tempted by the paintings and the records – next time I will take a larger bag.
I’ve learnt you don’t need the skills of Jackie Chan to have a Dragon’s Heart. Just courage, compassion and the determination to take on a challenge – whether martial arts in a wheelchair or meeting a new neighbour. We can all inspire and support others, in great ways and small. That’s our Dragon Hearts beating.
Recently we attended the end of year certificate presentation at Sanjuro Martial Arts Club in London. On this occasion, we were delighted to be joined by our recently appointed patron, Catherine Johnson.
Catherine took charge of the certificates, writing in each young person’s name on their certificate (no mean feat with around 50 to get through!) before presenting it to them.
Food and soft drinks were available for everyone and the youngsters also got to choose a special gift from the charity which had been donated by Jackie.
It was a great evening, thoroughly enjoyed by young and old alike!
Here are some photos from the evening.
We would like to thank Catherine for taking the time to visit Sanjuro, presenting the certificates and interacting with the young people. We know it was very much appreciated!
The latest video on our project in north London – Sanjuro Martial Arts. You can see how much the young people are enjoying the class. If you would like to help this class to continue, please consider supporting us by making a donation. Thank you.