In an incredible display of hard work, determination, and unity, over 140 girls of Beth Rivkah High School of Melbourne have been volunteering each week as part of Yad L’Ezra iVolunteer. This week, the annual dinner was held honouring the many volunteers.
The five divisions of YLIV include Visiting the Elderly, Tutoring, Big and Lil Sister, Help at Home, and Fundraising. The girls visit many homes in the Melbourne community weekly to help local families with the children and light housework. They are paired up with girls in primary school to help them with their homework and study, or as a mentor in the Big and Lil Sister division. They bring joy to many elderly men and women living in nursing homes, and have amazing fundraisers constantly, raising money for a myriad of causes.
The magnificent gala dinner was attended by 200 parents, students and recipients, Mr. David Southwick MP, and many proud Beth Rivkah and Chabad Youth faculty members. The girls shared how much they enjoyed volunteering and how the process of giving really gave them so much more than they invested. They were delighted to partake in a Chinese Auction prepared exclusively for them, as well as receive a YLIV sweater.
Mrs. Tracey Eppel represented the many recipients in sharing how much easier the Yad L’Ezra iVolunteer girls made her day. She thanked them for helping her with the daily excitement of four young children, and always leaving her home with so much accomplished.
The amazing dinner, the decor, and the beautiful atmosphere were the product of countless hours invested by the shluchot, Chaya Borenstein, Chana Wrightman, and Bassie Lieder.
The parent committee of YLIV really helps to ensure that the program can grow maximally, with safety as its first priority. Thank you Mrs. DR Herszberg, Mrs. D. Wolf, Mrs. Y Kluwgant, Mrs. S New, Mrs. M Paltiel, Mrs. S Deren.
Yad L’Ezra iVolunteer is a joint project of Chabad Youth Melbourne and Beth Rivkah High School.