On Sunday 4th July, children in the Vietnamese community in the UK visited and performed a ‘fashion, music’ show at two elderly care homes: St. Anne Nursing Home and Lennox House Home Care, both in London .
This is a series of events, as it is a part of a volunteer project with the participation of hundreds of children in the Vietnamese community in the UK. The idea is called: “Vietnamese Kids in the UK make cards for the Elderly”. The project was launched in early March with thousands of hand-made gift cards by children to send messages of love and care to the elderly. Especially in the context of the global pandemic, grandparents, or even parents, are completely separated from the outside, having not been able to see their relatives for a long time or have no relatives left.
Before attending the care homes, they sent 600 cards to the organisation ‘Rain On Me’. They sent cards to all the care homes in the UK, just as they attended two care homes.
In the future, they are planning to release a book talking about our efforts to support the elderly. The book will also contain images of the 1,000 cards made by the children of the Vietnamese community in the UK. They want to spread the story of everybody in this book and what they did to achieve our goal: helping and supporting the elderly.
The campaign aims to bring smiles, joy and is a spiritual gift to children and the Vietnamese community in the UK wish to bring to care homes.
The art program of music, dance, and fashion was prepared with care and enthusiasm by the children. With the sound of the violin skilfully played, the melodious music captivates the listeners; The dance: ‘Lotus Shape’ and the performance of Vietnamese traditional Ao Dai won much applause from the very special audience.
The children also represented the Vietnamese community to give hopeful cards to the grandparents present at the program. Many of them cried, many expressed their wish that they would like the children to come back there soon.
Representative of the organizing committee, Anna Hoang (11 years old) is one of the founders of the volunteer project Vietnamese in the UK make cards for the Elderly said:
‘Today is a day dedicated to us to spread love, joy and warmth. We want to spread that message to everyone!
We wanted to make cards and give them to the elderly, to make sure they don’t feel alone during this time. COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone, but we want to make it a little better for the elderly. Whether it is what we will perform today, or the cards that the elderly can keep with them, we will be just as happy as they are.
In addition, all of our performers from the Vietnamese community in the UK are delighted to be able to visit the grandparents here. Our performances include: dance, singing, fashion shows, instrumental performances and many more. We all went to great lengths to make sure this visit was worthwhile for the elderly and a memorable experience.
The Vietnamese community in the UK has joined hands to ensure that something stays with the elderly and dedicated 2 home care staff from this visit. All of us together made decorative cards with words of love, support and joy to give to all grandparents. These cards are full of images, messages and beautiful designs. This is also our way to spread more happiness in the world, ensuring a positive environment for the elderly and everyone living on this planet.’
Ms Elizabeth Taylor Gate – Community Care commented:
“My name is Beth. I work here at St Anne’s Care Home in Islington. I’m a carer and I help with activities we’ve just had a visit from the Vietnamese children community giving a show for the residents here. The colours are amazing and the talent is just off the chart ; very, very talented. All the residents here, they get lonely, they get bored so it was really nice for them to have this experience. I can’t say thank you enough for everybody that has taken part. We really really enjoyed it , the Vietnamese community they’ve shown a lot of love and respect here for the elderly people. That they don’t even know they’ve made them cards showing them lots of love. The residents really take them to heart so thank you very very much “
Mr. Jeo Nichols – Managing Director of Lennox House commented:
My name is Joe, I’m the manager of Lennox House. Lennox House is a very big care home in Philsbury Park in North London and today all of our colleagues from the Vietnamese community have to come to cheer us all up. We’ve had a bit of a difficult 18 months, or so and we’ve been lucky with the weather; beautiful kids, beautiful dresses, lovely entertainment and all of us are really happy.
It’s been fantastic, we hope you can come again, and next time maybe bring some sunshine. But it was fantastic and I hope we can lift the mood of all of our workers and staff, we have 91 staff working here and hopefully with these down, things can be happier. And it’s just been a much happier day, and maybe month “
Emily Nguyen – Miss Teen Regal World 20/21 , one of the founders of Love Collection said : “Today we have visited two care homes and we have performed our Vietnamese traditional dresses , we received the honour of showcasing our culture. However, we also performed the lotus dance which is another traditional dance in Vietnam and this is the dress that we performed in with props. We are so delighted to receive the honour and joy of being able to attend these care homes and showcase what our home country means to us. We have received compliments and requests to return and we definitely look forward to plan on attending on many more care homes in the future “
Everybody a part of the show had been vaccinated and taken the COVID-19 test before going ahead with the show.
Photographer: Monika Schaible
Director show: Ha Hoang
Sponsors: Love Collection and Park Pharmacy