‘Miracles of Goodness and Kindness’ defined the glitzy and glamorous Miracle Drive on Sunday 27 May at the Cape Sun Ballroom.
The ever entertaining Nik Rabinowitz had the crowd in stitches as he introduced ARK, Chabad’s project encouraging ‘Acts of Random Kindness’ for South Africans of all backgrounds and races, spearheaded by Rabbi David Masinter of Chabad Johannesburg.
Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s ever fearless public protector gave a moving address with a soft-spoken strength encouraging us all to place South Africa on a pedestal of hope. In introducing Thuli, MP Michael Bagraim touched on the three line letter of hope that the Lubavitcher Rebbe sent his family in 1976 which inspired his decision not to flee the country. The Rebbe’s words, he suggested, hinted at a future where people of Thuli’s courage and stature would ensure our continued positive growth.
The dancing fiddler Daniel Ahaviel from Israel wowed the crowd with a mind-blowing flourish of his violin-playing talent on display throughout the night.
Eli Beer of Israel’s United Hatzolo shared the emotionally charged story of how a 6 year old boy’s trauma at the site of a tragic terrorist attack in Jerusalem ultimately led to the establishment of United Hatzolos ambu-cycles with an emergency response time of anywhere from 3 minutes to as little as 90 seconds.
Merle Rubin’s delectable cuisine rounded out the night’s five star experience while amazing draws and prizes ensured that everyone was a winner — seeing that the real winners, the thousands of beneficiaries of Chabad’s vital work, are secure in the knowledge that thanks to the Miracle Drive, Chabad will be there for them, with selfless love and care.