Amidst the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new trend has gone viral, sparking much-needed positivity around the globe.
Taking social media by storm, #JerusalemaDanceChallenge sees frontline staff experience a moment of playful joy during their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The trending dance challenge apparently began in Angola, when a group of friends recorded a dance choreography to the song Jersulema song by Master KG featuring Nomcebo Zikode. From there, the craze went viral, with thousands of people becoming part of the challenge.
On Sunday, August 16, several Newcastle health care practitioners took the opportunity to embrace the trending dance challenge.
Gathering at the public park in Hospital Street, nurses, doctors and paramedics danced their hearts out, embracing a moment’s worth of bliss during an otherwise difficult time.
Following the dance, the participating health care practitioners let balloons loose into the air. This was to pay tribute to medical staff who have contracted the virus and passed away. As well as honouring those who have overcome COVID-19 and continue working to save others.
Carmen Herholdt, a local nurse and the organiser of the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge in Newcastle, elaborates why she brought the viral dance trend to Newcastle.
“Health care practitioners are tired, and everything is just so gloomy. The dance challenge is a way to uplift everyone’s spirits again. It is a way to motivate and unite us. After all, if we are united, we can fight this pandemic.”
As a nurse, Sister Carmen says she is just as passionate about her career as other health care practitioners are. It is a calling which sees her and others in the medical sector give it their all to help those in need.
“For me, nursing is being an advocate for my patients and being their voice. There are also times, where patients don’t have anyone else but the nursing staff during their stay in hospital. Nurses help bring life into the world and at times, we see life go, as we stand with our patients until the end.”
With the health care sector current dealing with extreme pressure, Sister Carmen feels the dance challenge has come at the ideal time. Giving medical staff a time to unwind and dance in solidarity.
Sister Carmen further thanks Newcastle’s Mayoress, Dr Busi Mahlaba for joining in and her support. She further extends her gratitude to her colleagues for joining in on the initiative.
With health care workers from both private and government sectors uniting together through the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge, local health practitioners proved that hope was still alive and well in the local medical sector.
Author: Quinton Boucher
Edited: Calvin Swemmer