The tragedy that strikes our society has also affected Constellations. Our first thoughts go to all those who are suffering from the corona virus and who grieve from the loss of a loved one.
We hope that all of you who have been following our work, stay healthy, including your families and loved ones. We hope that you will try to protect yourselves as well as possible by following all the necessary rules.
Our theatre show had to be cancelled. Below, you can read the e-mail we sent to our usual spectators, to those who had already bought tickets, and to those who could not make it this year:
As a result of the government's decisions to combat the corona virus, it appears that the performance of the play “Larguez les Armarres” will not take place on April 21. We had originally planned to postpone it to a later date in May, but this will not be possible nor desirable. Plus, the theatre will be closed in June.
We are therefore forced to cancel our gala evening.
It is with great regret that we share this news with you. This reflects the problems we are all experiencing today, the top priority being to protect the health of our loved ones and to get through this terrible pandemic as quickly as possible.
Nevertheless, the most vulnerable people in society must be protected as well as possible in this difficult time, whether they are elderly people or people with mental disabilities.
As far as Constellations is concerned, our goal is to provide a home for people with mental disabilities of all ages, a pressing need that the current crisis only highlights.
We have no permanent resources and receive no direct subsidies. The first six houses that have already been opened, could only exist because of your generosity, the companies that support us, the foundations that help us and the help of the Brussels region. This is also the case for the three houses currently under construction. Construction works have been delayed or suspended, but will resume as soon as possible.
Our project this year is to support CREB Woluwe to rebuild the current centre (which welcomes 45 children in the day centre and 27 in the accommodation). The premises do not reach the sanitary norms anymore and have to be reconstructed.
We were due to present a 300,000 euros cheque to CREB Woluwe during the theatre show on April 21. We will respect our commitment, but it will be very difficult to collect this amount without the revenue from the raffle and related sales, especially since only three-quarter of the tickets had been sold at the time of the lockdown.
In this context, and we are well aware that everyone is suffering in one way or another, we hope that your generosity towards Constellations will once again be visible and that a large majority of you will not ask for a reimbursement of their tickets.
Experience has shown us that we can count on you.
For those who wish to be reimbursed, which we can also understand, please send us an e-mail with your bank details (IBAN).
And for those who were not able to come to the show this year and have the possibility to do so, a small deductible donation would help us enormously to get through this difficult time. The account number is BE10 0000 0000 0404 of the King Baudouin Foundation (structured message 012/0480/00083).
Take good care of your health and we hope to see you very soon.
The Constellations team
Since our play was cancelled, we have not printed the programme. It would not have made any sense to incur the extra cost and we had no way to distribute it. However, in order to pay tribute to our donors whose list is included in the programme, and to the companies that support us and whose advertisements are published in it, you will find below the cover page and a link that will give you access to the full programme, available in French and Dutch.
Please find the link to the full programme below.
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