- For the past 25 years, the Rotary Club of Monterrico-Surco has been hosting what it calls an annual “happiness caravan” for low-income seniors in the Lima area, serving up food, music, and dancing as well as tending to the seniors’ medical and personal needs.
- The most recent event, held in September, was attended by 320 seniors.
- A well-known musical act performed, and a national champion dancer, the grandson of a Rotarian, demonstrated the traditional Peruvian marinera.
- The seniors also were treated to a “crazy hour,” with Interactors and Rotaractors handing out balloons and Rotarians donning festive hats.
- The crowd celebrated like it was a “big Carnival party,” Gereda de Carlin says. In addition to the food and festivities, the seniors were given makeovers including haircuts and manicures, and Rotarian doctors and their colleagues provided medical care.
- Participants were sent home with gifts like scarves and personal care items.