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'Spirit of generosity'

Mitzvahs making a real difference

As part of Mitzvah Day, volunteers prepared meals for the needy and gift bags and hampers for vulnerable members of the wider community and victims of domestic abuse.

National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic) volunteers packing gift bags for vulnerable members of the community.
Photo: Joanne Gubieski
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic) volunteers packing gift bags for vulnerable members of the community.Photo: Joanne Gubieski

NOW that Mitzvah Day 2021 is done and dusted, what did this year’s volunteers get up to?

Well, dozens of projects took place last Sunday across Melbourne and the country, with collect-a-thons reportedly taking first prize for the most popular initiative.

One group came together to organise and deliver a collection of balls, bubbles, toys and gardening supples to the students at Glenallen Special School.

Thanking the volunteers, principal Michael Cole said, “The spirit of generosity from all who gave is just wonderful.”

Organiser Robyn Krawitz, reported that she was so proud of all of the children who came along, who truly understood the value of their efforts.

Another collection was carried out by Socks 4 Support, which was run by year 6 student Benjy Orwin. Orwin was able to round up over 25 of his friends and family, who helped him gather over 1000 pairs of socks for Christmas hampers to support many families in need.

Meanwhile, Mount Scopus primary students wrote letters to thank essential workers who stood on the frontline during the COVID pandemic, while wetland warriors gathered to clean up local wetlands.

At the Adass Israel Cemetery, the Australian Genealogical Society photographed headstones to add to the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register (JOWBR) database.

Various groups also prepared meals for the needy and gift bags and hampers for vulnerable members of the wider community and victims of domestic abuse.

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