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.”
3, 2, 1, DEDICATE!
Pesach saw Magen David Adom UK supporters dedicate one station, five medicycles and one motorbike to Magen David Adom in Israel. The five medicycles & one motorbike will be added to those donated to MDA as part of MDA UK’s ‘70 Medicycles for 70 Years’ campaign which marks the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. MDA UK is well on its way to achieving its goal.
Each one of these dedications is an incredible achievement and is vital in enabling MDA to continue its lifesaving work. Medicycles enable MDA’s 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.
The dedications were as follows:
Irving & Gillian Carter dedicated a station at Mitzpe Adi in honour of their grandson Jack Segal’s barmitzvah.
Daniel & Ally Rubin and family dedicated a medicycle in Tel Aviv.
Hartsbourne Ladies Committee dedicated a medicycle at MDA’s Basel Station, Tel Aviv from the funds raised at their charity golf day.
Richard & Lisa Woolfson and family dedicated a medicycle at MDA’s Basel Station, Tel Aviv.
St John’s Wood Synagogue dedicated two medicycles with the money raised from their Kol Nidrei appeal at the homes of Hazel & John Cosgrove and John & Barbara Nathan in Herzilya.
Jeremy Newman and family dedicated a rapid response motorbike in Herzilya.
All dedication ceremonies were attended by family and friends as well as MDA representatives and MDA UK CEO Daniel Burger. In particular, there were a large number of children present who enjoyed climbing on the medicycles as well as hearing about the work that MDA does.
MDA UK’s Chief Executive Daniel Burger commented: “It is incredible to think how many lives will be saved from the gifts donated to Magen David Adom this Pesach. We are ever thankful to everyone involved for their outstanding support and generosity. I am particularly thrilled that so many children were involved in the dedications as this gives us the opportunity of engaging the future generations of supporters to MDA”.
First National Service Women Complete Paramedics Course
Around 30 young women trainees successfully completed the first Paramedic course for National Service in MDA, and are currently joining the Mobile Intensive Care Units to save lives for the next 2 years. The new Paramedics, the youngest of whom is only 18 years old, are ready for the mission of saving lives.
Watch here as they excitedly tell all about the challenges, the intensive training and the responsibilities involved.
New Maidenhead Committee on target for Medi-Cycle
MDA UK’s Maidenhead Committee launched a fundraising campaign on February 17th in the hope to raise £15,000 for a Medi-cycle. Within 24 hours of the first event, over a third of the target had been raised, when over 50 people packed into the Maidenhead Synagogue and collectively raised £5,500.
Guest speaker Professor Eilat Shinar, Director of MDA Blood Services in Israel addressed the crowd and discussed MDA’s Capital Project – The National Blood & Logistics Centre – which will directly improve MDA’s lifesaving capabilities through increased speed of response and efficiency. Digging in Israel is underway and there are still plenty of donor opportunities available.
Tamir Sirkis aged 20 from Reading, also took to stage and told guests about his experiences as MDA’s youngest overseas programme volunteer. Tamir recently underwent training in order to be part of MDA’s lifesaving teams in Israel. “It was an immense pleasure to be a part of such a competent, effective ambulance team and to help save lives every day.”
Brian Kriefman, Maidenhead Committee Member said: “I am thrilled to be part of the newly formed Maidenhead Committee and I know I can speak on behalf of my fellow committee members when I say – we did good!”
Chief Executive MDA UK Daniel Burger said: “In just a few months not only has a committee been formed, but a dinner has come and gone and Maidenhead MDA UK is well on its way to dedicating a lifesaving medi-cycle. I am looking forward to plenty more regional events this year!”
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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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Join the 70 for 70 trek 2018
To celebrate Israel at 70, Magen David Adom UK is delighted to put on a 6-day multi-terrain trek in October.
The trek will look to raise £70k to put a new lifesaving ambulance on the road for Israel’s 70th year and all our trekkers will get the unparalleled opportunity to take part in an ambulance shift.
Registration is now closed. This trek is sold out! Join the waiting list here:
Saving Lives on Park
In September our Annual Dinner was held at The Dorchester, Park Lane and raised a record-breaking total of £2.1m.
The Ballroom was filled with over 400 people, including 150 new faces and several new table hosts.
Gyles Brandreth played host and compère for the evening and was thoroughly entertaining – with laughter heard throughout the room whenever he took to the stage. The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles honoured Daniella Baron Cohen and Gil Weiser for their continuous dedication to MDA in Israel and the UK, and for instilling a sense of philanthropy into many Israelis, through the establishment of Israeli Friends of MDA.
Guest Speaker, 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 right in front of him in the Gaza Strip. He went into detail about how Magen David Adom saved his life providing him with a crucial 56 units of blood. Despite the obstacles of several surgeries and months of rehabilitation, Ziv remains positive. As part of an impassioned address, Ziv told donors “I have experienced the essential role that Magen David Adom’s blood service provides. Without them, I would be dead.”
Following Ziv’s address, the campaign film ‘On The Frontline’ was played to the guests and highlighted how MDA’s frontlines and MDA’s lifesavers are needed across the length and breadth of Israel and beyond. The take home message was that MDA does not discriminate, every life is a life that must be saved.
Also in attendance at the event was Professor Eilat Shinar, National Blood Services Director, who showcased our Capital Project – The National Blood & Logistics Centre in Ramla – a partnership with the Israeli government, Israeli philanthropists and American Friends of MDA. A model of the new lifesaving centre was on display during the reception.
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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