WE, in WIZO, are proud to be 'givers', and a large part of our 'giving' is expressed in our efforts to nurture the next generation, in our schools and youth villages, with the aim that they, too, will one day become 'givers'.
I was so very excited, and moved, to receive a letter from Esti Cohen, the Director General of WIZO Nir Haemek, sponsored by WIZO Argentina and WIZO USA, in which she described a particularly emotional event in the school, one which shows me that we are on the right path, and our students are becoming 'givers' in every sense of the word.
Pupils in WIZO Nir Haemek took upon themselves to organize a collection of hair from pupils for the use of cancer patients, who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy. This followed an appeal by the Israel Cancer Society.
The Cancer Society visited the classes, explaining the importance of the appeal, and wrote explanatory letters to the parents. Two well-known hair stylists came to the youth village, and the girls came to donate their hair.
It took a lot of courage on the part of the girls, many of whom have been growing their hair for years. Some were shaking, some were crying – but they were determined to go through with this important 'mitzvah' which they had undertaken.
Not all the girls were suitable. Their hair had to be a certain length and thickness. But they were especially motivated in light of one of the pupils in the youth village, who is himself fighting cancer. Twelve girls were found to be suitable, and their thick tresses will be used by those who need them.
I am so proud of this special campaign, proud of the youth village and those who head it, and proud of our girls, who are real 'givers'.
With warm regards,
Professor Rivka Lazovsky,
World WIZO Executive