World WIZO President Mrs Tova Ben-Dov accompanied by Mrs Hassida Danai, Chair of the World WIZO Early Age Division attended a very special event at the WIZO USA-sponsored Yavne Day Care Centre recently. This multi-purpose centre is open from 7am to 7 pm, is a warm and safe environment for many vulnerable children, with the added benefit of workshops to train their parents in crucial life tools to improve their parenting skills and the prospects of their children.
Union Motors, whose CEO happens to be the son of Mrs Hassida Danai, is Israel’s sole importers of Toyota and Lexus cars, had promised a very special gift for every child of three years and older that had learned to ride.
Coming so close to Chanukah, the presentation of the gifts, fabulous state-of-the art, top of the range bicycles and flashing light safety riding helmet was, for the children, a real Chanukah miracle. Workers from Toyota and volunteers from Israeli non-profit road safety organization ‘Madrichim b’drachim’ (road leaders) dressed in their bright orange tee shirts, each took a child by the hand and went off together to unpack and assemble their bicycles and helmets.
The excitement of the children was a sight to behold. Some of them wanted to take their orange tee-shirted helper home to meet their parents and could hardly believe that these bikes were really theirs to keep.
This initiative was a joint enterprise between WIZO and Madrichim b’Drachim, which was adopted by the Ministry of Education and the National Road Safety Authority.
Road safety is a crucial issue close to WIZO’s heart and indeed the miracle of Chanukah continues by keeping Israel’s children safe on the road.
Many thanks to Union Motors and the Road Leaders Organization for their unique and much-appreciated project.