PM awards outstanding Jewish retired surgeon volunteer
The Prime Minister has today, 29 August, recognised Norman Rosenbaum, from London, for fundraising for ‘Magen David Adom’.
Norman is a retired surgeon whose support for ‘Magen David Adom’ has enabled the Israeli emergency service to buy 11 ambulances for its life saving work. 83-year-old Norman has spearheaded an impressive ongoing community fundraising drive in the Cockfosters and N. Southgate Synagogue to supply the £60,000 vehicles which have gone on to attend over 63,000 emergencies, providing medical aid to the sick and the injured regardless of religion, race, nationality or gender. Part of the International Red Cross Movement, ‘Magen David Adom’ is the national aid society of Israel, providing emergency care, supplying blood and cooperating with the Palestinian Red Crescent and other Red Cross and Red Crescent organisations across the world. Norman is currently fundraising for a 12th ambulance.
Norman is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
In a personal letter to Norman, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Your dedication to fundraising in support of ‘Magen David Adom’’s important work is inspirational. The ambulances you have purchased are saving lives and enabling the organisation to reach people in need of urgent medical care in emergency situations.”
“This is an unexpected and overwhelming honour. It shows that volunteers are highly valued, and together can make an incredible difference. I would like to thank the Prime Minister for this recognition and to also thank the Cockfosters Community and all my friends and family who have made this possible. The more funds raised, the more we enable ‘Magen David Adom’ volunteers to help those in need, whether in Israel or the humanitarian aid they provide to the rest of the world. I am inspired every day by the fact that ‘Magen David Adom’ provide expert emergency treatment to everyone indiscriminately and regardless of race, creed or ethnic affiliation.”
Norman is the 988th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 6,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and former Presidents have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.
Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.
Escalation in the South: Over 180 rockets fired towards Israel
Yesterday, Wednesday, 8.8.2018, at 19:40, A Red Alert was sounded in the city of Sderot and minutes later reports were received in the MDA 101 Emergency Dispatch Centre of the first casualties from rocket fire. From then on, there would be a dramatic day with a series of alerts that would continue well into the night and into the following day, with constant reports of falls, explosions and an increasing number of wounded, with MDA teams running from scene to scene treating the wounded.
For the past few days, the security services has warned about Hamas’s renewed rocket fire at Israel, and Magen David Adom did not wait for the first Red Alert to realise the severity of the situation. In recent weeks there has been an increase in the number of rockets fired at the region, MDA has reinforced the array of ambulances, the First Responders, the Medi-Cycle Unit, the level of alert was raised, MDA personnel are alert 24 hours and are ready to respond to any scenario.
Wednesday, 8.8.2018, 19:43: Immediately after the Red Alert sounded in the city of Sderot, the first reports of casualties were received in the MDA 101 Emergency Dispatch Center from rocket fire. Many personnel rushed to the scene, comprising ambulance crews, Paramedics and MDA Medi-Cycles and within a few minutes they reached the first casualty, a man of about 50 who suffered a penetrating shrapnel wound to his leg. He was conscious and pale after losing a great deal of blood. His 13-year-old son, who was also injured by shrapnel in his leg and bleeding, tried to help his father and stop the bleeding, as did passers-by, but it was the MDA team that speedily stopped the bleeding and thereby stabilizing his condition. He was evacuated, along with his son, to the Barzilai Medical Center by the MDA team who treated him.
Magen David Adom teams also evacuated the other casualties from nearby scenes to Barzilai Medical Center, including a 34-year-old man with in “light to moderate condition” with cuts to various limbs from glass shards and also a 20-year-old man with leg injuries. This serious incident was the first of a difficult day which would result in additional casualties in the south of the country.
Over 150 rockets were fired at Israel during the night! The Iron Dome system successfully intercepted 30 rockets. Most of the others fell in open areas and few landed in towns and settlements. However, several homes were damaged, property was damaged, and worse, many residents reported anxiety and distress.
Thursday, 9.8.2018, 05:30:
Senior EMT Amram Asur:
In the early hours of the morning, a call was received, reporting casualties in one of the settlements. At the entrance to the settlement, while we were still in the ambulance, we were told that one of the injured, a woman, was in a car near one of the houses. We divided the forces. The Mobile Intensive Care Unit went to her and an additional ambulance drove to the scene. In the car, we found a 30-year-old woman who was conscious and suffering from a bleeding injury, and we provided her with medical treatment, which included stopping the bleeding and pain medication, and evacuated her in a stable condition to the hospital. The ambulance team at the scene found an additional casualty injured lightly and evacuated him to hospital.
The Magen David Adom team contacted the hospital prior to their arrival at the emergency room, and the wounded woman was admitted to an operating room without waiting, and within minutes she was treated by doctors and surgeons from the hospital.
Prepared to supply blood
The MDA blood services department and the blood donation system are also ready if they are asked to increase the number of blood units for soldiers and civilians. The routine donation system allows between 1,000 and 1,200 units per day and is set to increase its activity and to rapidly transport blood to hospitals in the south and throughout the country.
In the afternoon: Rockets in Be’er Sheva
The residents of Be’er Sheva were shocked to hear the Red Alert throughout the city and the echo of explosions that brought them back to the harsh realities they suffered previously during “Operation Protective Edge”. For the first time since 2014, Hamas expanded their range of fire and their rockets managed to reach Be’er Sheva. At 15:04 the alert sounded and immediately panic ensued. Fortunately, there were no casualties or damage to property.
At the same time, two hits were identified in the Eshkol Regional Council without prior warning. To date, 28 Israelis have been evacuated for medical treatment to Barzilai and Soroka hospitals in the Southern Region. As of Thursday evening, the shooting continues, and the alarms carry on sounding. MDA forces in all areas are prepared to reinforce the southern stations and assist in the national mission.
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:
*Prices based on two people sharing a room; single supplement available on request*
For further information please contact Michelle Rosenberg.
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.”
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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