Dear family & friends,
We are excited to inform you that we will be running with ALEH Ascend to raise money for ALEH, Israel’s foremost network of care for children with severe complex disabilities. We're ready to hit the pavement and start training, but we need your help to reach our fundraising goal.
First, some background.
Why did we choose to run for ALEH? Well, ALEH provides over 750 children and young adults with severe complex disabilities specialized services they need to live a quality life: residential living, medical care, rehabilitative and therapeutic treatment, special education, vocational training opportunities, and social and cultural activities. ALEH’s four residential facilities, located in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gedera, and the Negev, are their homes and ALEH's dedicated staff and volunteers are their family – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, ALEH provides thousands of outpatient sessions to children with milder disabilities who are able to live at home.
Thanks to ALEH these children are able to live in much the same way as non-disabled children: attending school, participating in vocational training programs, and enjoying activities such as swimming at the beach or touring the countryside. Integration programs involving family, volunteers, school children and IDF soldiers promote acceptance of the disabled within the community at large.
We will be running the Jerusalem Marathon to benefit ALEH. Shai will be running the 10km, whilst Itiel will be running the 5 km The training isn’t easy, and the race will be a challenge, but we are inspired by ALEH's life-altering work – we will be propelled to the finish line knowing that we will be strengthening our body, enriching our soul, and improving the world with every stride.
We plan to raise 5,000 NIS by race day, and hope you will be able help us reach this goal by making a generous tax-deductible donation.
Your support is crucial to this effort, so please visit our dedicated fundraising page on the ALEH Ascend website and make a donation today: https://runforaleh.org/runner/team-schijermaroo/
The ALEH Ascend website makes donating quick, easy, and secure. And, again, all donations to our ALEH campaign are 100% tax-deductible.
Thank you in advance for your support. Together, we will ensure the unrestricted growth and true inclusion of every Israeli child, regardless of the severity of his or her disability.
We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress!
Shai and Itiel