PM praises leader of Shabbat visits scheme
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.”