Updated: Jan 11, 2022
𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞 & 𝐘𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐕𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐏𝐟𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐞!
Last week, the Carnival troupe, which danced outdoors around the different buildings, consisted of vaccinated staff and clients, which gave this year's troupe their name: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞 & 𝐘𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐏𝐟𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐞! With various colorful feathery costumes (loaned by Brenda Wathey and Erica Fortuno), a music truck, and a large group of clients who couldn't stop dancing along, the afternoon was an absolute success.
''𝐼𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑒 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎 𝑏𝑖𝑔 𝑠𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑒 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑐𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠'', says Bregje Boetekees, WYCCF Manager of Operations. ‘’The Covid-19 restrictions really took a toll on all our clients in the last year. Many haven't been able to hug a loved one for more than a year. So now that so many are fully vaccinated, it is fantastic that we can responsibly increase their quality of life, step by step. This afternoon was an excellent example of that.’’
Many staff and clients came out to enjoy the festivities. Elderly Care residents started to dance along with the troupe, and the Sister Basilia Clients enthusiastically jammed on the side of the road. There was also no stopping the troupe, which continued to dance and make laps to ensure everyone got the best view!
Based on the latest guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and RIVM, doing an outdoor activity with persons who are fully vaccinated, was deemed very safe by WYCCF management. In addition to giving the clients a wonderful afternoon, it is important to showcase to those who may still be hesitant to be vaccinated, that life can return to normal if we achieve herd immunity on our island.