Thursday, May 14, 2020

Join us! The Maccabi GB Community Fun Run @ Home Online

We're doing an event.

What is it and when? 

On Sunday May 24, 2020 we will be participating in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run @ Home Online and asking you to run, walk, hop or skip 1km, 5km or 10km at home, whilst getting sponsored to do so.

Get inspired!
You don’t need to be super-fit to take part. We want you to walk, hop, skip, or run 1Km, 5km or 10km – the choice is completely up to you!

This could be going on a family walk or run as part of your daily exercise. Skipping around your garden. Going up and down your stairs at home. Even taking part while seated… by marching. Hop to the top of your road and back.
There are a number of ways to get involved – ranging from a 5km or 10km run, a family walk, skipping around the garden, even sitting on the couch and marching. There are no rules (apart from the current Government Guidelines on how to exercise safely during this time).

The main objective is engaging the whole community while getting active and raising money for Malki Foundation UK and our services.

Sign up and take part!
It’s free to sign up! Click here now to register and to start raising much-needed funds for the Malki Foundation.

On the day itself: Sunday May 24, 2020
You have all day to complete your challenge at home. All we ask of you is that you post videos and pictures on social media of you and your family completing your challenge.
Social Media!
We want to see you all getting involved! Share images and videos of your training and of your challenge including the distance, your route and pictures of you and your family on social media – via Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram - #CFRonline and tag @MalkiFoundation.

Register Now

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A national day of remembering

Tuesday - today - is Yom Hazikaron here in Israel, Memorial Day, a day of national reflection and introspection when Israelis unite and remember the huge price paid by so many so that we can live in this country and make productive and peaceful lives.

You may be aware that the Malki Foundation is named for Malka Chana Roth.

Malki's younger sister, Rivki Roth Rappaport, was interviewed for Yom Hazikaron in the community where she lives with her husband and children. She and other members of bereaved families spoke about their loved ones and the unbearable loss.

Please spend a few minutes to watch and share your thoughts in the comments. (Click on "CC" if the English-language subtitles do not automatically appear.)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Malki Foundation says "Help save UK Charities"

The Malki Foundation UK (the London-based charity and support organization that provides invaluable backing to the Israel-focused work of the Malki Foundation) along with its partners is proud to be taking part in the National 2.6 Challenge to help save UK Charities.

They are inviting you, your family and friends to take part in the Malki Foundation UK Skip For 26 Challenge on Sunday April 26, 2020, to help to save the UK’s charities.

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on UK charities. It's no secret that billions of pounds of vital donation funds have been lost. Charities depend on income from fundraising events and thousands have been cancelled or postponed. 

Malki Foundation had teams in the Jerusalem Marathon, in Tough Mudder and in the London Marathon which was to have taken place this coming Sunday 26 April.

London-based Rob Taub, who is the driving force behind Malki Foundation UK, writes that 
In response, the UK’s sports event industry has come together to create The 2.6 Challenge, a national fundraising campaign to Save the UK’s Charities. All activities are based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and are to take place on Sunday 26 April. How can you participate?
Ask for sponsorship to Skip For 26 on Sunday 26th April, examples:
• 26 minutes of skipping
• 26 skips
• 26 seconds of skipping
• 2.6 minutes of skipping
If you can't skip don't worry you can dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 that suits your skills and complete it on Sunday 26 April. Contact Rob to setup your own page.
That's Rob in the YouTube clip below.

Every pound of income generated will go towards saving UK charities. Donations will be held in a central fund and administered by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Post event, CAF will distribute the central fund based on the ratio of money raised by each participating charity through the combined total income.

Join this worthy effort and Skip for 26

Please share and tag all you do with #skipfor26 @MalkiFoundation and #twopointsixchallenge

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Focus on a family: Special times, special challenges

Another reminder today that while the Coronavirus crisis has impacted everyone everywhere, it's an impact that falls unequally. 

And as our recent posts here on this site and via our Facebook page (here) underscore, the work of the Malki Foundation hasn't stopped. 

Danny is five years old. Partly blind, and diagnosed with Down Syndrome, he can crawl short distances and take a step or two with support. He uses simple sounds and gestures to make himself understood and responds to, and understands, simple instructions.

We spoke with his mother this week. Unsurprisingly, the focus of the conversation was on the challenges that accompany families raising a child with special needs - challenges which are sharpened at times like these.
"The kindergarten gave us an iPad to help with communication. But Danny is not really co-operative. We are hoping that will slowly improve over time. We don't have a walker at home or any other equipment which makes physiotherapy very difficult. We are doing the best we can under the circumstances."
Danny's progress has been helped by the MEDEK therapies he has gotten with the Malki Foundation's help. That's him (with his face obscured for privacy reasons - and Danny is not his real name) in the recently-snapped photo above.

The picture shows him in hands of the remarkable Alan Shapiro, a MEDEK practitioner and highly regarded physical therapist in Jerusalem.

The support enabled by the Malki Foundation's generous donors make a real difference to families like Danny's. We're glad and grateful you are part of them. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Focus on a family: In and out of hospital

How are the families we support - they and their child with serious special needs - coping in the challenging circumstances of the plague?

Hila, 8 years old, has a rare spinal defect as well as hearing and vision impairments. She can sit by herself and recently started taking a few steps with some support. 

She communicates with the help of an Assistive and Augmentive Communication (AAC) device. A speech therapist funded by the Malki Foundation, working with the encouragement of her parents, has taught Hila to use the device and to make her needs and reactions understood.

Hila is frail. Her health is such that she has had to spend long stretches of time in hospital. And that is where she is now. 

Says her mother in a conversation with us putting a positive face on a not-so-simple situation:
"At the beginning of the 'Corona holiday', Hila was in hospital and then released. But very quickly she had to be re-admitted. So at least, in between everything else, she is getting her therapies."
With all of us facing situaions that are often complex and always testing, and with virtually all of mankind aspiring to be at home, it can be hard to imagine how complicated a hospital stay for a child of eight can be under today's circumstances. 

We send our warmest wishes to Hila and her devoted parents for a quick return to health and to home.

(We are posting several posts this week (here's yesterday's) dealing with families who care at home for a child with extreme special needs at a time of special challenges for everyone. In keeping with our customary policy on privacy, Hila is not the lovely child's name. Nor is that her photo at the top of the post.)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Focus on a family: Virus outside; loving support within

The Coronavirus crisis has brought normal life to a halt in ways none of us have ever seen before. But people's needs haven't come to a halt. In fact, they're more pressing than ever, in many cases.

Though circumstances have dictated that we lower the frequency of Malki Foundation posts here on this site and via our Facebook page (here), the work of the Malki Foundation hasn't stopped. 

In the coming days, starting now, we plan to highlight some of the families we assist and how they are handling the current situation.

Let's start with Gaya, a girl of 12 years old from the Tel Aviv area. She has severe developmental delay, is able to take a few steps with the help of a walking frame but is unable to speak. She is partly blind and fed via a PEG tube

Gaya lives with the rest of her family, sleeping at home every night and cared for by loving and conscientious parents. 

Thanks to what we're all enduring, the weekly physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions Gaya normally receives at the local special-ed school she attends have stopped for now, along with the school classes. 

Beyond those, because she's a participant in the Malki Foundation's Therapies at Home program, she normally also has weekly supplemental hydrotherapy and physiotherapy sessions. These therapies are essential for Gaya's continued development, contributing to her breathing and general muscle strength. 

Gaya's mother has just been in touch to give us a brief update and reports that their amazing physical therapist keeps coming to the house to administer therapies to Gaya. 

"This is the bare minimum we can do under the circumstances," she wrote. "It is so important for Gaya. Thank you for your willingness to help during these tough times."

As most of us are learning, the ability to cope under trying circumstances starts with a strong support structure. We're proud to be part of what helps many families in Israel get through this. 

And to our faithful supporters: thank you for your role.

(As we normally do, both the name and image we use to illustrate this absolutely true report are borrowed so as to preserve the family's privacy.) 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A concert that should have been - and will be

Artists ready. Musicians at their places. Sound check. Hit it!

Final rehearsals: that's where we ought have been at this precise hour. But for reasons everyone knows only too well, we're in our homes, sheltering from an invisible threat, wondering what's ahead.

Our thoughts can't help but dwell on how Richard Shavei Tzion should be leading the Ramatayim Men's Choir right now, along with the incomparable Shai Abramson and the terrific singer, Akiva.

This ought to have been when everyone was making final preparations for the 8:00 pm start of the annual Malki Foundation Rainbow of Music concert. The Jerusalem Theatre ought to be filling up with eager ticket-holders as these words are keyed in.

But it isn't happening.

Instead, we - the audience, the performers, the Jerusalem Theatre staff, the Malki Foundation team - are all at home, doing our best to stay safe and looking forward to when we can hold the concert, all being well, in a few months time.

In the meantime, and we know it's small compensation, please enjoy some moments that capture the atmosphere at last year's concert. (Click on the image above to make it larger.) This is the encore performance of Leonard Cohen's Halleluya as rendered by Shai Abramson, young Naftali Weiss and the glorious Ramatayim Men's Choir.

See you soon!