PM praises leader of Shab­bat vis­its scheme

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

THERESA MAY has ap­plauded the char­i­ta­ble ef­forts of young vol­un­teer Avi Du­biner, who has been in­stru­men­tal in a Shab­bat vis­i­ta­tion project at hos­pi­tals and care homes.

The Finch­ley 17-year-old is the lat­est re­cip­i­ent of the Points of Light award, ap­pre­ci­at­ing those who have ef­fected sig­nif­i­cant change in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Through the Gift char­ity’s Shab­bat Walk, he has been re­spon­si­ble for in­spir­ing vol­un­teers from across the com­mu­nity to com­plete more than 22,000 vis­its to 20 hos­pi­tals and 62 care homes.

Hav­ing started off with just a dozen walk­ers, there are now more than 200 ev­ery week and the idea has gone global.

In a let­ter to Avi, Mrs May wrote: “The scale of the ini­tia­tive has been truly re­mark­able and you should be very proud of what you have achieved. I wish you luck with your ef­forts to es­tab­lish the project in Is­rael.”

Avi said it had been “amaz­ing to see and ex­pe­ri­ence the en­thu­si­asm of our youth when it comes to help­ing oth­ers. Our char­ity is based on com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ef­fort and com­mit­ment in pro­vid­ing ser­vices to the poor, el­derly, phys­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged, lonely and un­well.”

Avi Du­biner

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