Harrow United Deaf Club’s New Year & Chinese New Year Celebration,
At The Bridge, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow
Harrow United Deaf Club was proud to host a first event of the year at a new venue – The Bridge in Central Harrow. The event took place on Saturday 4th January 2014 and it focused on Chinese New Year Celebration which brought many people from all walks of life together. The event was beautifully decorated with Chinese lanterns and some ‘good luck’ decorative designs to celebrate the year of Horse. The evening was opened by the Mayor of Harrow, Councilor Nana Asante and Mayoress Miss Awula Serwah, who have been active supporters of Harrow United Deaf Club. Also in attendances are some VIP guests, including Alderman Keith Thomas, Councillor Husain Akhtar; Councillor Manji Kara (Portfolio holder of Community & Culture); Hannah Davison (Parliament Candidate for Harrow West); John and Margaret Purnell (Patrons of HUDC).
The Mayor gave a speech of support to celebrate the Chinese New Year event and how pleased she was to join on this very special occasion. There was a celebration cake to celebrate Chinese New Year with a bang – all members used the party popper to celebrate the new year. The cake was cut by Cllr Nana Asante, Mayor of Harrow; Awula Serwah, Mayoress of Harrow together with Brianne Wang, TV presenter of UK People online (Chinese programme). Brianne then went on to explain in details the meaning of the Chinese New Year and how it was celebrate by the Chinese community. She showed us some vibrant photos of Chinese New Year celebration and their culture of how the event is celebrated; including the lion/ dragon dances, the foods that people eat to celebrate, clothing and gifting people with money (using special even numbers to give them luck) and firecrackers (to warn away the evils). It was a fascinating insight for many of our members.
HUDC also introduced two deaf speakers, Andrew Tobin and Harry Perry-Lewis, who explained about their voluntary work with VSO, and provided some interesting insights of how deaf people lives in Philippines and the challenges that both deaf speakers faced in achieving their goals including mapping out numbers of deaf people living in Philippines and that the Government has no data of how many deaf people are living in the Philippines. Both speakers spoke about their learning gained from their placement and the differences they have brought to the life of many deaf people and their families. To learn more about VSO and if you are interested in taking part in volunteering for the VSO )Voluntary Services Oversees), you must be aged 18-25 and willing to do voluntary work, please contact VSO for more information.
In appreciation of their time, all three guest speakers were presented with a gift together with a certificate of thanks in recognition of their hard work.
The evening ended with raffles with some fantastic Chinese-themes prizes to give away, much to the delights of our members and special guests.
Asif Iqbal MBE, President of HUDC, explained “Chinese New Year is a celebration and with a diverse communities attending our HUDC’s events, it is important for us to showcase some awareness and understanding of different culture and communities including their celebrations. Chinese New Year and our New Year 2014 came up in the same month so it was an ideal opportunity to celebrate the New Year in style at our new venue – The Bridge. We are pleased with the success of our event and look forward to many more events to come including next month – Valentine Fashion Show and March event on International Women Day, Inspiring Changes.”