This week, 20 of GIFT’s most dedicated teenage volunteers initiated and carried out a sponsored bike ride from London to Poole (200km). The group of boys raised in excess over £25,000 in sponsorship money which will go towards the GIFT Shabbat Walk Project.
The bike ride which took the boys a total of 13 hours was carried out seamlessly under the direction and leadership of Eliezer Gilbert with the support of Dovi Weltscher and Shira Joseph. Not only did the boys raise an incredible amount of money but in keeping with GIFT’s ethos, they gave their time, energy and skills to help others.
On completion, the boys enjoyed a delicious lunch sponsored by the Normandie Hotel and then some bonding activities. The day culminated in a BBQ on the beach put on by Janet and Winston Gilbert with Rabbi Jesner, the Rabbi of Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation, who spoke about the beauty and sacrifice involved in all of the volunteering that these boys do.
Moishe Kantor, one of the coordinators and a volunteer himself who initially came up with the idea to do this bike ride said “This bike ride exceeded all expectations. Everyone is so proud to have completed this and we had the best time. We have benefited so much from our involvement as volunteers for The GIFT Shabbat Walk we just wanted to give something back”.
Money raised will help fund the Shabbat Walk projects, enabling hundreds of volunteers to visit patients in hospitals and care homes each week; night shifts in hospitals offering much needed respite to families; food packing sessions benefiting hundreds of families in need and tutoring for disadvantaged children.
To sponsor the boys – please follow the link https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/GIFT2018bikeriders
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