MDA SENDS HELP TO GUATEMALA
MDA Paramedic Tal Rabin joined the Israeli Foreign Affairs, National Security Council, Israeli Health Ministry and MDA Aid delegation that left for Guatemala following the eruption of the volcano Fuego that has killed at least 100.
In Guatemala, Tal has helped transfer the wounded to the main hospitals in the country and coordinate the activities of the doctors of the Israeli delegation with the local Red Cross.
Before boarding the plane to Guatemala, Tal said: “I am proud to be part of an Israeli delegation that is going to assist the wounded in the disaster in Guatemala.”
THE LEGACY OF LIFE
As part of Magen David Adom UK’s celebrations for Israel’s 70th, the organisation arranged an inaugural Legacy Mission to Israel. The trip took place between 3rd – 8th June and 10 participants had the opportunity to see first-hand the difference a legacy to MDA makes.
During this life-saving and life-changing mission, participants visited some of Israel’s most beautiful sights from the Old City to Masada. The group also visited the construcion site of what will be the new £90m National Blood & Logistics Centre in Ramla and heard from MDA executives about Magen David Adom’s role as Israel’s only national medical emergency and blood service.
In between the more strenuous activities the participants enjoyed exploring Israeli cuisine, including an exceptional dinner with MDA UK President Sir Ian & Lady Gainsford at The Rooftop Restaurant at the Mamilla hotel.
“[I] thoroughly enjoyed every minute and really appreciate the planning and care that went into making everyone so welcome and cared for.” Participant, Sharon Stone
“I was particularly impressed by the valuable, essential role played by Magen David Adom in particular its fast, streamlined new bikes and the dedication of its staff and volunteers.” Participant, Laurence Green
ROYAL LIFE-SAVER ARRIVES IN ISRAEL
After 70 years without an official Royal visit, MDA UK was delighted to be part of Prince William’s landmark visit to Israel, during which he was able to witness the breadth and depth of MDA’s life-saving service.
The historic Royal visit took place between 25th-28th June. To commemorate the important occasion, MDA UK dedicated one of the nine medicycles purchased from its recent Pesach appeal in Prince William’s honour. The medicycle is inscribed with the following:
Presented to the people of Israel by Magen David Adom in the UK to commemorate the visit by HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, June 2018.
This medicycle is included as one of the ‘70 Medicycles for 70 Years’ that MDA UK is gifting to the people of Israel this year. Now, just over halfway through the year, the ‘70 for 70’ campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence is well underway and MDA UK is very close to hitting its target. Communities and committees up and down the country have been fundraising to help MDA UK achieve its goal. So far, the total number of medicycles donated is at 50. As part of the push for the final few medicycles, MDA UK has written to Shuls to ask them to consider choosing MDA UK’s ‘70 for 70’ campaign for their Kol Nidre appeal.
“The Royal visit has provided the people of Israel with so much excitement and pride and it was important for Magen David Adom UK to do something to mark this momentous occasion. As a former air ambulance pilot, Prince William will no doubt be aware of how important the donation of these life-saving vehicles are to the wellbeing of the people.” MDA UK’s Chief Executive, Daniel Burger
British MPs visit MDA
On Tuesday, 29th of May, a delegation of Members of Parliament from Northern Ireland visited Israel. The delegation was led by Northern Ireland Friends of Israel President Gerald Steinberg and Co-Chairman Steven Jaffe.
Last year Steinberg and Jaffe along with the community and Northern Ireland Friends of Israel funded two lifesaving medicycles via Magen David Adom UK which are serving today in Jerusalem and Lod. To date, both medicycles treated over 1,300 patients in various emergency calls.
Gerald Steinberg was excited to see the medicycles for the first time and presented them to the members of the delegation explaining their importance to the people of Israel from all the different communities.
The following day, on 30th May, the UK Conservative Friends of Israel trade delegation came to visited Magen David Adom at the Jerusalem William H. Bloomberg Station.
MDA Executives spoke to the delegation about the history of MDA, its activities and the new technology developed in-house, “The Next Generation 101” Command and Control system – a vital operational system designed to manage missile defense operations.
The MPs were particularly interested in how MDA’s technology is used to shorten response times and reduce the time taken in the field, and the time taken for patients to receive treatment in hospital.
The MPs reviewed the cutting-edge use of video communication with patients which takes the Emergency Medical Services system to the next level of efficiency and professionalism. They were also shown an array of emergency vehicles that had been donated by the UK community.
MDA UK Chief Executive, Daniel Burger, said: ‘This was a really exciting opportunity for British MPs to get an insight into some of Magen David Adom’s work and to also see the practical results of support for MDA in the UK. We look forward to welcoming more British parliamentary delegations to Israel in the future.’
UPDATE! November Trek
With our October trek completely SOLD OUT, MDA has organised a second one this November – and spaces are going fast.
The trek will look to raise money to purchase new lifesaving medicycles as part of our ’70 Medicycles for 70 Years’ campaign for Israel’s 70th year. All our trekkers will get the unparalleled opportunity to take part in an ambulance shift.
To register for the November Trek, please fill in the form below:
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Manchester Dinner 2018
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On Sunday night (29th April) Magen David Adom UK hosted its Annual Manchester Dinner at The Lowry Hotel. Close to 200 people filled the room and raised in excess of £100k for Israel’s only national medical emergency service. The money raised will go towards the National Blood and Logistics Centre in Ramla – a partnership with the Government of Israel and the American Friends of MDA.
Host and compere, Gyles Brandreth, entertained guests throughout the evening. MDA UK Board Member and owner of Athenaeum and The Grove Hotels, Daniel Levy, paid tribute to Norman Feingold, former MDA UK Vice President and founder of Christian Friends of MDA. Mr Levy told guests how Norman’s involvement with MDA, both here and in Israel, had a huge impact on the success of the organisation over several decades. MDA supporter, Maurice Geller, also took to stage to tell the audience how Norman was a wonderful friend, supporter and mentor to him and so many more before delivering the appeal.
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.
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. It was our huge privilege to honour Norman Feingold z”l this evening. His imprint will be seen for many generations to come.”
70 Medicycles for 70 Years – UPDATE!
Help us reach our target!
With 50 new lifesaving medicycles already lined up, we are thrilled to now be well over halfway to reaching our goal.
To mark the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, Magen David Adom UK is committed to donating 70 medicycles to the people of Israel. Communities and committees up and down the country have been fundraising to help us achieve our goal, and so far we have managed to purchase 50 bikes – over halfway towards our goal.
Medicycles are essential to the work of MDA in Israel; they enable our medics, paramedics and volunteers to attend the scene of an emergency within minutes, thus allowing them to start their lifesaving work before an ambulance arrives. In so many cases, those first few minutes are the most important, the difference between life and death.
Please continue to support our campaign to get another 25 new medicycles onto the streets of Israel and saving more lives. For any further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the MDA UK office on 020 8201 5900.
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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