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
Chris Jones, a full-time martial arts instructor with his own school in North Yorkshire (www.chrisjonesmartialarts.moonfruit.com), and a dedicated Dragon’s Heart supporter has come up with a great idea to promote our charity.
Having sought our permission, he has used our logo on the sleeve of his polo tops. What a great initiative!
Many thanks Chris for the extra bit of advertising.
Between the 7th and 12th July 2017, a tour was organised by Spanish Jackie Chan fan, Antonio Ramírez Santandreu (Jackie Chan Spain) to visit locations in and around Madrid and Barcelona that were used in the films Wheels on Meals and Armour of God II: Operation Condor, along with other places of cultural interest.
The tour was a great success and was attended by fans from the following countries – Chile, England, Estonia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Spain and Uzbekistan.
During the tour, one of the many fun events that took place was a charity auction which was hosted by Silke. Items for the auction were donated by the fans and The JC Group. These included collectors magazines, JC socks, action figure dolls, posters and other rare items. Over 700 Euros was raised from the auction and more has also been donated.
We at Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Europe would like to thank Antonio for organising this tour, and all the fans who attended and contributed to making this a great event.
Finally, we would also like to thank the sponsors: Zafiro Hotels, Norma Comics, Glups and SelectaVisión.
Two years ago, a dedicated Jackie Chan fan, Antonio Ramírez Santandreu, had a vision that Jackie Chan fans from around the world could visit some of the most iconic locations in Spain where the movies, Operation Condor (1991) and Wheels on Meals (1984), were filmed.
Well, this week Toni’s vision has become a reality as fans from 8 different countries will be doing just that!
After much organising during those two years, over 20 fans will visit these memorable locations in Madrid, Segovia and Barcelona. Buses have been booked to get the group around together with a venue for dinner in the evening should the fans wish to take part.
We are delighted to hear that Toni has also agreed to a Charity Auction with any profits going to Jackie’s Dragon’s Heart Europe charity; we would like to thank Toni for agreeing to this.
We are sure everyone will have a great time, and we can’t wait to see some of the photos. Stay tuned …
As we all wish 成龍 Jackie Chan a happy 63rd birthday this month, and celebrate his amazing career (which included being awarded an Oscar last year!), let’s also celebrate Jackie’s charity work in helping those in need.
Please take a minute to have a look at the videos below, one which outlines the projects carried out by JC Dragon’s Heart Europe, and the other being Jackie’s message to those who are being helped by his European Dragon’s Heart charity.
If you would like to help, please consider making a donation and/or using easyfundraising.org.uk when you shop online.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lies vd Perk-Zondag, Coordinator, telephone no. 010-4166831
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.
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.