A new lifesaver for the Old City
On Sunday 8th October Magen David Adom UK’s Vice President, Irving Carter, dedicated a Mercedes ambulance to MDA.
The dedication ceremony took place at the Tower of David in the Old City and was well attended by Irving’s family, as well as esteemed MDA representatives, MDA UK President Sir Ian Gainsford and his wife Lady Carmel Gainsford as well as MDA UK CEO Daniel Burger.
This is the first new ambulance in the Old City in 10 years, and is the only ambulance of its kind that services the Old City.
In over thirty years of supporting MDA, Irving has gifted multiple ambulances, bikes, mobile blood banks and a mobile intensive care unit. Over 150,000 people have received lifesaving treatment in the vehicles dedicated by the Carter family.
MDA UK’s Chief Executive Daniel Burger commented: “For years Irving has been telling MDA that he’d like to dedicate a Mercedes vehicle, so when he heard we were replacing the Old City ambulance with a new Mercedes Vito, he jumped! We are ever thankful to Irving for his outstanding support, generosity and dedication to Magen David Adom. It is incredible to think how many lives have been saved from all the gifts Irving and his family have donated to MDA.”
During the dedication ceremony MDA UK Vice President Irving Carter said: “It is our honour to dedicate this Mercedes Vito ambulance to the Old City. This was a rare opportunity to give back to somewhere that has given us so much.”
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Electric vehicles join our lifesaving troop
Tens of electric vehicles have been added to the front line immediate response system, and will be joining the thousands of medicycles, bicycles and First Responder vehicles in saving lives.
MDA Director General Eli Bin: “We’ve been working for a year to enable us to bring the dozens of electric vehicles to Israel and add them to the lifesaving activity for the public’s benefit nationwide. We have undertaken a comprehensive check and found that these vehicles will significantly reduce MDA crews’ response times, and will become yet another important innovation that MDA has been leading during all its years of existence.”
The small electric vehicles will easily merge into traffic, reduce pollution and allow for easy manoeuvrability due to their size.
Following a long process that began a year and a half ago with the Transport Ministry allowing the import of the vehicles, MDA approached several importers and investigated the possibility of bringing the vehicles to Israel and integrating them into the organisation’s operations.
The first vehicles reached Israel at the end of September and underwent a long process, at the end of which they received authorisation to be used as emergency vehicles to provide first aid.
You’ll now be able to see the vehicles being used in different emergency events, and will help provide medical cover at other countrywide events.
Judge Rinder rises for MDA
On Tuesday 26th September the Magen David Adom Hendon Committee held a fundraising lunch at Sami’s restaurant in Hendon.
Guest speaker, star of a reality courtroom series on ITV, Judge Rinder, took the time to speak to guests and discussed his connections with Judaism and what a special charity Magen David Adom is. He could even be heard using the odd yiddish word.
The 65 guests in attendance raised over £2,000 for Israel’s only ambulance and medical emergency service. The money raised will go towards funding the terrace at the new National Blood and Logistics Centre in Ramla – a partnership with the Israeli government, Israeli philanthropists and American Friends of MDA.
Speaking after the event, MDA UK Chief Executive Daniel Burger commented:
“It was ‘our honour’ to be joined by the nation’s favourite, Judge Rinder, who really worked the room and expressed his gratitude for the work MDA does. Another fantastic event by our Hendon Committee, raising vital funds for our National Blood and Logistics Centre.”
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MDA Patrons’ Dinner
On Tuesday 26th September, over 30 guests attended a private Magen David Adom Patrons’ Dinner at Great John Street Hotel, Manchester, hosted by Nigel and Vicky Alliance.
Guest speaker, Captain Ziv Shilon, shared with guests his near-death story detailing how, in his last hours of service as a platoon commander in a combat unit of the Israeli Defence Forces, he was severely wounded during an operational mission on the Gaza Strip. Magen David Adom saved his life.
Also in attendance was Professor Eilat Shinar who spoke about the Capital Project – The National Blood & Logistics Centre – a partnership with the Israeli government, Israeli philanthropists and American Friends of MDA. Prof Shinar thanked guests for their contribution to MDA.
Speaking after the event, Chief Executive of MDA UK Daniel Burger commented:
“We are so thankful to our Manchester Committee and all our dedicated donors who enable us to make the difference that we do. We look forward to seeing you all at our forthcoming Manchester Dinner in April.”
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Capital Project Update
MDA is embarking on an ambitious campaign to build an £80m state-of-the-art Blood & Logistics Centre.
The National Blood & Logistics Centre will be funded by a three-way partnership between the Government of Israel, the American Friends of MDA and MDA UK.
The success of this project will guarantee Israel’s blood supply in the face of rapid population growth, the ongoing threat of terrorism and the increasingly complex risks of cyber-attack.
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MDA UK DINNER RAISES £2.1M
We are so delighted to share that our Annual Dinner at The Dorchester, Park Lane raised a total of £2.1m. Thank you so much to all our incredible supporters, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Last night, over 400 people filled the Dorchester Ballroom, including 150 new faces. Record-breaking figures all round!
Host and compere, Gyles Brandreth, entertained guests throughout the evening. Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles took to the stage to honour Daniella Baron Cohen and Gil Weiser for their continuous dedication to MDA and for instilling a sense of philanthropy into many Israelis. Following this, Captain Ziv Shilon shared with guests his near-death story detailing how he lost one of his hands (and nearly his life) when a bomb blew up whilst on duty at the Gaza Strip, and how Magen David Adom saved his life.
Also in attendance was Professor Eilat Shinar, National Blood Services Director, who showcased to donors the Capital Project – The National Blood & Logistics Centre – a partnership with the Israeli government, Israeli philanthropists and American Friends of MDA.
Speaking after the event, MDA UK Chief Executive Daniel Burger commented:
“We are so delighted and overwhelmed with the support we have received this evening, from our incredible long-standing donors, and also new ones. Nothing makes me more proud than seeing the support from the next generation grow. Not only from within our own community, but also from our Christian Friends (CFMDA).”
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EMERGENCY SCENE CAMERAS SAVE TIME AND SAVE LIVES
When Alon was first on the scene at Jerusalem’s Old City, he immediately began doing what he does best, treating those in need of emergency medical support and saving lives. The incident was too big for him to deal with alone but he did not have the time to call for back-up. Thankfully, for those whose lives he saved in those first few minutes, he didn’t need to.
Magen David Adom’s emergency scene cameras provide an extra pair of eyes at every major incident. The cameras are affixed to a first-responder’s vehicle and provide an instant snapshot for the team at the national dispatch centre. They can see what is going on, how the events are unfolding, and what else is required to deal with the situation. So, whilst Alon is treating those that need his urgent assistance, his colleagues have already sent further ambulances and paramedics to provide the additional support needed.
Magen David Adom needs to equip each of its 1,100 first responders, medicycles and ambulances with an emergency scene camera. Your support will save time and lives.
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