BOSTON (October 26, 2012) — American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) is re-launching its wildly popular New England Jewish Students Ambulance Project with a goal of raising $100,000 to purchase a critically-needed ambulance that will be sent to save lives in Israel.
Participation is open to anyone from first grade to high school, and can be organized through Jewish day schools, synagogues, clubs, or secular institutions. Students are encouraged to raise funds either as individuals or as groups and in any way they prefer; carwashes, bake sales, dance-a-thons, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Chesed programs, or by any other means – they can even give part of their allowance.
The only catch: parents and other adults are not allowed to help with the effort and cannot donate directly to AFMDA. All contributions must be made through one of the campaign’s accredited youth initiatives.
“This is a real, concrete mitzvah where children get to see the results of their efforts,” says Ilene Beckman, one of the program’s organizers and the Director of Education at Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA. “In 2002, when the shiny, new ambulance visited us at the end of the school year, prior to being shipped off to Israel, every child felt pride and a sense of shared accomplishment for this valuable contribution to, and connection with, the people of Israel.”
The campaign seeks to raise the money by Spring 2013, so students can present the purchased ambulance to Israel’s Consul General to New England before it ships to Israel.
The original campaign in 2002 involved hundreds of Greater Boston-area students and exceeded expectations by raising enough money for two lifesaving ambulances. This time, Jewish youth around New England will participate. For more information or to sign up for the campaign, contact Burton Klein, AFMDA’s New England Representative at 617.916.1827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Magen David Adom provides a rapid and skilled emergency medical response, including disaster, ambulance, and blood services, to more than half a million Israelis each year. The organization is mandated by the Israeli government to serve as the nation’s emergency medical response organization, but isn’t funded by the Israeli government, relying primarily instead on funding from donors around the world. More information is available at www.afmda.org.