JC Dragon’s Heart Europe Community Centre
We are so excited to announce that on 14 October 2017, the JC Dragon’s Heart Europe Community Centre, and home to the ‘Huis Madelief’ project, was opened in Hoogvliet, Rotterdam.
The official opening was performed by Kitty Engelmoer (President of the Dragon’s Heart Europe charity), Janny Heine, Regina Bussing and Edwin Smid, who is Chairman of the local council. Edwin expressed his appreciation stating that such facilities in the neighbourhood are of vital importance where people can meet, make friends and find help if they need it. Kitty thanked her volunteers stating that without them, it would not have been possible.
As well as hosting the ‘Huis Madelief’ project, the Community Centre is available to hire throughout the day/evening Monday-Friday. Among the groups already meeting there are a computer club and tai chi group. There is also a recycling programme where people are welcome to bring their unwanted items … and perhaps buy something they do want! Sun beds are also available to hire.
As the opening of the Centre was such an auspicious occasion, board members from Germany and the UK travelled to Rotterdam to join in the celebrations.
“For the charity, this is a big step forward,” said Jane. “We are now receiving income we can use for our projects.” They were pleased to see that there was so much interest in the opening. “This shows the importance to the environment.”
This is the first official Dragon’s Heart Community Centre in the world