Here's her account.
|The students visit the Keren Malki Equipment Lending Unit at Yad Sarah|
(minus the Yavneh Girls contingent who visited several hours earlier)
As part of their Year 9 trip to Israel, students from King David High School, the Yavneh Yeshiva High School and Yavneh Girls from Manchester, UK, visited Yad Sarah headquarters in the capital and saw how the Malki Foundation operates in a joint venture with Yad Sarah warehouses, thus enabling the management and delivery of home-care equipment to families throughout Israel.
|Students Jacob Rudolph and |
Omri Simon deliver their message
Each piece of equipment will be used by multiple families for many years, helping to make their lives easier.
“Our main aim is to empower families to look after their children at home,” explained Malki Foundation chairman Arnold Roth.
“Specialized equipment like these chairs and walking devices can be transformative for many families, who are determined to care for their special-needs children at home instead of institutionalizing them.”
The Malki Foundation was started by the Roth family, whose 15 year-old-daughter Malki was killed in the Sbarro pizza parlor bombing in Jerusalem in 2001. Arnold Roth visited Manchester last year to meet the schoolchildren and speak about Malki’s dedication to helping others during her short life; moved by the story, the youngsters spent nine months fund-raising.
|From left: Moshe Cohen, Yad Sarah's managing director;|
Arnold Roth, Malki Foundation honorary chair; David Rose,
Yavneh King David Bursar; Debbie Fishman, executive
director of Malki Foundation
“This project showed us what we are capable of when we are motivated to help others who can do less than we can,” they enthused.
While in Jerusalem, the students met Kiro Kolavita, a parent of a child with Cerebral palsy, who spoke about the significance of the equipment provided by the Malki Foundation.
“Many of these Manchester students are the same age Malki was when her life was tragically cut short. It is heartwarming to see how her legacy lives on in the hearts of Jewish children around the world,” noted Malki’s father.
Yad Sarah managing director Moshe Cohen thanked the children for their good works.
|Inspecting the equipment: Yavneh Girls|
Cohen then expressed his gratitude to Arnold Roth for his fruitful cooperation with Yad Sarah these past 12 years. “During these years we have had the privilege of helping over 2,800 children through the Malki Foundation.
The new equipment we will be able to purchase thanks to the contribution of these schoolchildren is good news, and will enable us to expand our service to even more children.”
The Jewish Chronicle in London has some coverage of the visit as well: click here for "They give as good as they get" [JC, June 5, 2015].