Sinai School stall raises money for Jewish Care19 Jan 2015
Ten year old school boy from Sinai Jewish Primary School, Roni Berman, enlisted the help of family and friends to embark on a fundraising initiative for Jewish Care.
Roni’s helpers were children from years 3-6, including his sister, Mirit Berman, Joshua Waller and sister, Olivia and their friend, Melissa Ordever. They set up a stall at school to sell Jewish Care purple thread bracelets and branded trolley coins raising £142 in two afternoons.
Year 6 pupil Roni was inspired to fundraise for Jewish Care by his Grandma who has Alzheimer’s disease. She previously attended Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell Community Centre in Golders Green and has been attending the Sam Beckman Centre for People Living with Dementia in Hendon for some time.
“I told my mum that I would like to raise some money for a good cause and I asked my mum about Jewish Care. She told me that they do lots of thing in the Jewish community, and that my Grandma goes to the Sam Beckman Centre, which she likes very much. So that's why I decided to raise money for Jewish Care.”
His mum, Leora Berman, who also works in the school dining room, says,
“I’m very proud of Roni and so are his teachers, he’s been so enthusiastic and it was all his idea. He’s been explaining to his friends about what it means to have dementia and why it’s so important for his Grandma to be able to go to the Centre which makes her days more meaningful.”
The Centre is one of three of Jewish Care’s Centres where specialist staff work together with volunteers provide a warm and caring environment to enable people living with dementia to socialise and enjoy stimulating activities, whilst supporting them and their carer’s.
Daniel Carmel-Brown, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Jewish Care said,
“We are so impressed by Roni and the three children who have decided to fundraise to help people like his grandma who visit the Sam Beckman Centre for people living with dementia.
“It really is a lifeline for many people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s and their carers who can otherwise become very isolated without a safe and caring place they can go and enjoy stimulating activities.
“Roni’s caring attitude and his commitment has been an inspiration for other young people to join him in raising money for Jewish Care, ensuring that older people in need in our community are not forgotten.”