The campaign to bring back “DJ Dave” Southwick for one-night-only in support of Ukrainian refugees in Israel has taken off strongly.
As reported in The AJN, the Victorian Liberal Deputy Leader and MP for Caulfield, who in an earlier life was a well-known DJ in the Jewish community, committed to dusting off his playlists for a night of floor-stomping to celebrate Israel’s 75th birthday this year.
Southwick will entertain at Zionism Victoria (ZV)’s Yom Ha’atzmaut event – if the community raises $10,000 for a United Israel Appeal (UIA) campaign to help people from war-torn Ukraine and Russia make a fresh start in Israel.
The drive is off to a great start, with Southwick’s fundraising campaign on MyCause standing at $2946 as of Wednesday morning, just under the one-third mark towards the target.
Southwick this week stated, “It is terrific to see so many people donating already, but DJ Dave is only making an appearance if we get to the $10K, so let’s get this party started – donate now.”
Earlier this month, he reflected, “With everything that we’ve gone through over the last couple of years, we really, really need a party, and what better time to celebrate than Israel’s 75th birthday?”
As part of the campaign, ZV is inviting the community to upload photos of their DJ Dave dance-floor memories.
ZV executive director Zeddy Lawrence said, “We’re so grateful for all the donations we’ve received so far. But there’s still some way to go to reach the target that will lure DJ Dave out of retirement, so please chip in.”
Looking forward to Southwick’s DJ comeback, UIA Victoria CEO Jeff Feldman commended the project and its goal of “helping refugees fleeing a war zone to embark on their new lives in Israel”.