Friday, December 26, 2014

2014: A look-back at our UK activities

Manchester: Business breakfast
As the year draws to a close, we can reflect positively on our achievements in the UK during 2014 in terms of a huge increase awareness of The Malki Foundation and in the number of active donors now on our fast growing database.

The highlight of the year was undoubtedly our UK tour in March. Arnold Roth, together with Debbie Fishman, Executive Director and Nicole Gordon, UK Development Director traveled tirelessly across the UK for 15 speaking engagements in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and London. 

Liverpool: Community dinner at the King David Campus
From schools to shuls, Quaker meetings to Business Breakfasts, Arnold captivated audiences with his story of how he and his family channeled grief into positive action following the tragic murder of their beloved daughter Malki in 2001.  

During the week of the tour, an estimated 1,500 people were made aware of The Malki Foundation and the essential work it does. 

The tour raised a substantial amount of money that will help ensure The Malki Foundation can continue to make a difference for all those people it supports.

Leeds hears about The Malki Foundation
Late summer saw the inaugural Malki Foundation Golf Day at The Shires, the only Seve Ballesteros-designed golf course in the UK. A number of golfers enjoyed the challenges of this wonderful course on a warm sunny day followed by a lunch, raffle and address on The Malki Foundation by Nicole Gordon. 

The day was a huge success and the Foundation’s second golf day has already been planned for May 2015.

During Hanukkah 2014, eight schools across the UK participated in our Donate a Doughnut campaign. This engaging tzedakah project, which was actively supported by teachers and parents, encouraged schoolchildren to think about others less fortunate themselves at a time when they are being truly indulged. 

London: Debbie Fishman (L) and Nicole Gordon (R)
welcome participants at a West End business breakfast
for the Malki Foundation
The initial signs are extremely encouraging with several thousand pounds already raised to date with several schools still to complete the project.

The UK team is proud of what has been achieved this year. The Malki Foundation and the story of its creation touched the hearts of so many individuals across a vast age spectrum most of whom have only just been made aware of its existence.  

With three new hardworking and passionate trustees now on board, Robert Green and Geoff Hartnell (both from London), Johnny Cohen (Liverpool) and Devorah Toft (Manchester) and some fantastic events planned for 2015, we are excited about the future and confident that The Malki Foundation will go from strength to strength in the UK.

Nicole Gordon
UK Development Director - Keren Malki UK

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