Last March, I had the incredible opportunity to run a 10K in the Jerusalem Marathon with Team Shalva. The time I spent in Israel for the run was one of the most inspirational weekends I’ve ever experienced. As co-president of Team SAR for Shalva, I am incredibly grateful that I will be running again this year along with 30 other SAR High School students.
When I ran last year, I had the privilege of running in honor of the 90th birthday of my grandfather, Godfrey. This year, I will be running in his memory. Poppy passed away during Chol Hamoed Pesach which was the first time I had seen him after returning from Israel. I was so excited to tell him about my experience and, especially, to let him know that it was his words, “Pretend there’s a tiger chasing you, Brenna!” that got me across the finish line. Poppy taught me the importance of tzedakah, our responsibility to help others in need, and to never take anything in life for granted. It is with great pride that I run this 10K to remember and honor all that he taught me.
I have committed to raising $3,000 for Shalva: The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel. This organization provides a complete range of therapies, programs, and respite care for children with disabilities. who exceed boundaries and shine in ways never thought possible. Shalva also provides much-needed peace of mind to families of these children. When my team and I visited the Shalva Center in Jerusalem last March, we were blown away by the dedication of the staff who care for the children with warmth and love. Shalva is a truly magical place for these kids.
It would mean so much to me if you helped in my fundraising effort to help the Shalva kids and to commemorate my grandfather, Godfrey Dallek ז”ל.