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Clapping for a Cause

April 8 - 14 , 2020
Gulf Weekly Clapping for a Cause

Gulf Weekly Naman Arora
By Naman Arora

Last Thursday at 8pm, thousands of people across the kingdom clapped in unison from homes, gardens and balconies to show solidarity for the kingdom’s doctors, nurses and medical workers, writes Naman Arora.

The organisers, Clap for Bahrain Carers, hope to continue every Thursday, expanding their focus tomorrow to include the kingdom’s key workers who have been tirelessly working to fulfil residents’ essential needs.

Co-founder Hannah Turner said: “It was wonderful to hear people clapping and watching the videos they sent of Bahrain’s diverse neighbourhoods applauding for the kingdom’s carers.

“People who live on their own also contacted us and shared their emotional experience hearing and seeing people cheer, which helped them feel less isolated and helped all of us feel like a community.

“Going forward, we will manage the social media for Clap for Bahrain Carers and we are hoping you will be able to give it the push it needs to drive the community and make it your own.”

Saoirse Lynch, co-founder and Hannah’s daughter, added: “The previous week, we clapped in solidarity with loved ones overseas, but this week was a completely different experience, hearing the cheers and claps first-hand. Plus, friends and acquaintances from school sent me videos of their applause all night!”

Clap for Bahrain Carers, worked with their friend Chelsey to create a new logo and will be organising another stay-at-home event tomorrow evening at 8pm.

Scan the QR code to check out highlights from the night.

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