WIZO launched its SA Biennial Campaign on 14 May with a heartwarming address by Adeno Danny Abebe – who, through his own eyes as an 8-year-old child, described his family’s incredible 800km journey on foot from a small village in Ethiopia to Sudan, and ultimately to Israel.
The audience of over 200 community members were mesmerised by this soft-spoken, humble man, who is today an acclaimed journalist in the Israeli media, currently working in South Africa as Habonim Olami and World Zionist Organisation Shaliach.
Adrienne Judes, Chairman of BZA WIZO Cape Town, thanked the sponsors of the evening: The Eliot & Myra Osrin Trust; The George Elkin Trust; and Benny Rabinowitz, as well as WIZO’s benefactor, Sheila Samson, and patrons and donors for helping to make the evening the great success that it was.
“As an organisation working tirelessly to uplift women and children in Israel and in South Africa with our wheelchair project, BZA WIZO has played an invaluable role for 117 years in the miracle that is Israel today — which is 47 years before the declaration of the State of Israel 70 years ago to the day,” said Judes.
The biennial campaign is WIZO SA’s foremost fundraising event in the community, as well as a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the bond between Israel and world Jewry.
Moonyeen Castle, President of WIZO SA added: “With your help, we can continue to educate, empower change lives, and contribute to the wellbeing of disadvantaged women and children in the State of Israel.
“We thank all who have already pledged their donation to our campaign, and look forward to the support of every member of the community to ensure the continuation of the important work we do.”