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House Madelief-A Big Success!

Since House Madelief opened in September 2014, it has become a warm and friendly place for elderly people who are alone and have little or no social contacts.

A wide range of activities are organised from movie and music mornings to playing games and being creative making Easter ornaments and Christmas cards. We have had fashion shows and wellness mornings, and not forgetting our Tai Chi mornings. Our outings are also a big success. – we have been on a boat trip along the river Maas in Rotterdam, a trip to a museum in a old fashioned American school bus, a visit to the Christmas market and our annual dinner parties.

Because of our growing popularity we had to hold our New Year’s party at a bigger venue as both the Tuesday morning and the Thursday morning groups wanted to attend. The Handball Club ETC in Hoogvliet very kindly let us use their facilities. After coffee and cake, Edwin Smid, Chairman of Commission Hoogvliet, delivered a very heartwarming speech reflecting on 2016, at the end of which glasses were raised to toast the New Year. A slide show was shown with photos of all the activities that had taken place in 2016. Then a delicious lunch was served courtesy of our very dear friends, Kees and Ksenija van Meijeren. The musical entertainment was provided by Elly Bezemer.

We would like to thank our volunteers who make all these activities possible.

New activities are being planned so stay tuned! We will update regularly.

If you live in Hoogvliet (or indeed Rotterdam) and are alone and need some company, please come and visit us at House Madelief, you’ll be very welcome!

For more information, please contact:
Kitty Engelmoer, Foundation President of Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe,
telephone no. 06-10376511, email: kitty@jcdragonshearteurope.nl
Or
Lies vd Perk-Zondag, Coordinator, telephone no. 010-4166831

We look forward to seeing you …

Meeting up with Jackie in London

Members of Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe charity recently caught up with Jackie at the end of his filming in the UK. These meetings are generally arranged at the last minute and this one was no exception with just 48 hours notice!

Not a problem for the UK based members but a challenge for Kitty in the Netherlands and Silke in Germany. All went well though and the team spent 3 hours with Jackie, sitting quietly whilst he was filming scenes and then chatting to him about the charity and much more.

Photos were not allowed to be taken on set so we settled for a selfie at the entrance of the film studios.

We would like to thank Jackie and his team for inviting us to visit with him.

Meeting with Jackie

St Luke’s Over 55’s Active Club

Recently Jane & Ben went back to visit St Luke’s Community Centre to see how the Sanjuro exercise/mobility classes have been going.

They got to meet and catch up with those participating and joined in both parts of the class. It was great to see and hear how much members enjoyed the classes as well as how much it they found it beneficial.

Sadly this was the last class but we at Dragon’s Heart Europe and our partners Sanjuro hope to be able to come back and hold more classes soon.

St Lukes 2

St Lukes

  • Sanjuro Award

Congratulations to Sanjuro!

On 21 January 2016, the UK team were invited to attend the London Sport Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, England.

We are delighted to report that Sanjuro Martial Arts, who we provide funding for, concluded the ceremony by winning the ‘Club of the Year’ Award.

Huge congratulations to Glenn and Anita from all at Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe, and on behalf of everyone who has supported us!

New Year Greetings!

New Year Greetings from House Madelief!

House Madelief is a project of JC Dragon’s Heart Foundation Europe and takes place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. On the first Tuesday of every month, a morning is organised for elderly people who live independently, alone and have little or no social contacts.

On 5 January 2016, a New Year reception was held at House Madelief. Whilst enjoying a drink, a snack and beautiful music, we looked back at the many coffee mornings which took place in House Madelief in 2015. Photographs were shown of some of the activities we held and of course not forgetting the boat trip!

We would like to thank accordionist Toni Reiche, who provided the music – thank you Toni!

And of course we will continue, we already have a number of fun activities on the program for 2016!

Besides the first Tuesday morning of every month, we are also going to organise coffee mornings which will take place every third Thursday morning of the month. These will start on Thursday 21st January. The theme of the morning on the 21st will be music, and we will show a music DVD of “The 10 Tenors”.

If you are alone and need some company, please come and visit us at House Madelief, you’ll be very welcome!

For more information, please contact:

Kitty Engelmoer, Foundation President of JC Dragon’s Heart Europe, telephone no. 06-1037651, email: kitty@jcdragonshearteurope.nl

Or

Lies vd Perk-Zondag, Coordinator, telephone no. 010-4166831

We look forward to seeing you …

Christmas/New Year Fundraising Appeal

Please help us to continue supporting our worthwhile projects in 2016 – projects like “Home Madelief in Rotterdam; the Rwandan Orphans Project in Kigali, and the Sanjuro martial arts class in north London, which is for young people with disabilities, including those with Down’s syndrome, Autism, those who are hard of hearing, have visual impairments, or use wheelchairs.

We have seen the very real difference the Sanjuro classes bring to the lives of the students and their families. The young people interact with each other in a way they would not have done without the class. They have the opportunity, no matter how physically or mentally disabled they are, to take part in the training which has brought about benefits to their health and wellbeing.

Without these classes, there is nowhere for these young people to meet, train and develop together in a safe environment.

What JC Dragon’s Heart Europe is trying to achieve is a commitment to making sure this very special class continues. We want to be able to offer long term support so that the programme is sustainable and the benefits to this often forgotten section of the local community can grow year on year. Your donation can help us to do that!

Have a look at our video below which showcases all of our projects – and see for yourself the dedication and enjoyment on the faces of the young people at Sanjuro, and the Rwandan Orphans (and the not-so-young at Home Madelief in Rotterdam)!

Please help us to make a difference by going to our Home page and click on the green Donate button.

You donations will help to keep these projects going!

Thank you.

Great News for Sanjuro Doorstep Club

Winners at the Celebrating Sport Awards
Sanjuro Doorstep Club at Bruce Grove Youth Hub

Huge congratulations to Glenn and all the students at Sanjuro Martial Arts Club for winning The Emerging Team/Club of the Year at the recent Haringey Sports Awards Ceremony. JC Dragon’s Heart Europe is proud to support you!!!

Here is a write-up from their winning entry.

The Sanjuro Training Doorstep Sports Club (DSC) has generally grown through word of mouth between participants, parents and carers. From the inception of the DSC in 2011, Sanjuro coaches & the Haringey Youth team raised awareness through local schools, community groups and partners that engage young people with disabilities, generating interest and encouraging them to access the Doorstep Sports Club. The Sanjuro class is delivered every Wednesday evening 6:45pm-7:45pm within Bruce Grove Youth Club, in the heart of a deprived community within Haringey.

The class is free to all young people thanks to the financial support of Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe.

Retention is high, with participants coming back week after week for a variety of reasons:

• A sense of belonging to the group – Friendships have developed between participants over time, so they want to come back and see each other each week.
• Reduced Isolation – The DSC is a good opportunity for many participants to get out of the house and access a sports session, of which provision is sparse within the area.
• Inclusion – The group makes them feel part of the ‘youth movement’. The social aspect is key – participants are given the opportunity to chat, socialise, play their music like any teenager.
• A sense of achievement – Participants are pushed to reach their potential within the session, they always leave feeling they progressed and achieved more than they did they week before.
• Freedom – An opportunity to express themselves freely and creatively
• Participants have fun! – Enjoyment is the key reason they want to come back week after week.

‘They love it and it’s very social as well as being exercise. A lot of them know each other and the class gives them confidence and a sense of belonging. As such they’ll look after the new people and support one another throughout the class.

The key is in creating a very welcoming and inclusive environment in which to train. Strengthening the sense of purpose, community and the joy of being with people who accept you for who you are.’
Glenn Delikan – Sanjuro Chief Instructor

Instructors empower the participants to develop, and encourage each participant to push themselves within the session ensuring they have reached their own potential for that day. Coaches ensure that everyone within the class develops, grows and progresses over time. The coach feels that there are a number of positive outcomes for participants as a result of this, including increase in skill development, self-efficacy, health and fitness (including reduced stress and improved mood).

‘I like the activities in the circle because I like my mum, sister and my dad watching me – and joining in.’ Ophir Yaron, Participant, 17.

Ophir’s mum, Fiona added, ‘It’s really good for Ophir to be with adults and not in services that are for children. The Sanjuro class has the feel of a youth club…. It pushes her in a physical way which is good as she needs to exercise. Plus this gives her some skills to defend herself. It’s something that builds your self-esteem, especially when they go to the front and teach the class.’

Sanjuro Award 2015 jpeg

Calendar Sale for 2016 starts now!

We recently mentioned our 2016 Calendar Sale on Facebook stating that we would soon have some news about it. Well, the sale starts now!

We are delighted to say that the Wall Calendar has a new design for next year and all the photos are of worldwide places where Jackie has filmed. The Desk Calendar contains photos of Jackie Chan’s hometown – Hong Kong.

Once again, all photos are taken by fans, and although the text is in German, it is still worthwhile buying one as you will have some beautiful photos to look at throughout the year!

All proceeds of the sale will go to JC Dragon’s Heart Europe, and will help us to continue supporting a very worthwhile cause – The Rwandan Orphans Project in Kigali, Rwanda.

They urgently need our help because the Orphanage is facing eviction!

www.rwandanorphansproject.org/index.php/new-home

The prices for the calendars are now 17.50 Euro for the Wall Calendar, and 12.50 Euro for the Desk Calendar. Both prices include the worldwide shipping.

Payment is possible by (international) bank transfer and Paypal.

If you are interested in these calendars, please contact silke@jcdragonshearteurope.de with your order and/or for more details.

Wall Calendar
Wall Calendar 2016

Desk Calendar
Desk Calendar 2016

“Tough Mudder” Challenge – Update!

Our sincere thanks go to Chris Jones and his Martial Arts Centre for the recent donation following the “Tough Mudder” challenge and collection – £465!

Thank you very much for this wonderful donation – you guys have come through for us again and we really appreciate it!

New Supporter!

In August, UK Board members Jane, Gail and Ben visited with Alex of Yin Yang Martial Arts School in Fleet, Hampshire, UK.

Alex is keen to fundraise for JC Dragon’s Heart Europe and came up with some exciting and innovative ideas.

We are grateful to Alex for his support and look forward to working with him and his team in the future.

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