Spa for the Soul to aid couples experiencing fertility problems

March 5, 2010 Agencies
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An evening’s pampering will bring hope, help and education for those experiencing fertility problems.

The journey for many Jewish couples faced with fertility issues is often fraught with disappointment, frustration and heartache, not to mention the immense financial burden of treatments like IVF.  For any woman who has experienced or witnessed such hardships, next month’s ‘Spa for the Soul’ is a must-attend event.

Spa for the Soul will be held on Monday at the  University of NSW Roundhouse in Randwick.  This inspirational evening promises to be full of personal stories, practical advice and plenty of pampering. This is also a chance to raise much-needed funds for couples seeking fertility treatments. This year marks 30 years since Australia’s first IVF baby, making this event a timely one.

“With over 15% of couples now experiencing fertility issues, ‘Spa for the Soul’ enables people from all parts of the Jewish community to come together and support a life-changing cause by either donating money, services or simply participating in the night. Everyone has been touched by the struggles and hardships of infertility in some way – whether it be an aunt, cousin, sister or friend. Now we all have a chance to really make a tangible difference to those couples who are struggling to become parents,”  said Shterny Dadon.

Highlights of ‘Spa for the Soul’ 2010 include:

  • ¬ A raft of activities including a salad and dessert bar, massages, mini manicures, mosaic making, Israeli Dancing, Thai foot massages, African drumming, sushi demonstrations and much more.
  • ¬ Special guest speaker Theresa Miller, author of the widely-acclaimed book Making Babies (www.makingbabiesivf.com), who will share her own trials and tribulations in becoming a parent
  • ¬ Qualified fertility clinic experts on hand to offer practical information
  • ¬ Lectures by Leah Hechtman, a Naturopath, Reproductive, Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist and Rebetzian Fruma Shapiro speaking about ‘ Mikvah, Marriage and Children the incredible connection’.

For the first time there will also be an award ceremony led by Rabbi Ulman to acknowledge the amazing commitment to the community by the medical staff from three major IVF clinics.

Jodie Lowe-Ariel with baby Zohara

Dorit Gerrassi and Shterny Dadon

The brainchild of Jodie Lowe-Ariel, Shterny Dadon and Dorit Gerrassi and launched four years ago, ‘Spa for the Soul’ has become an important annual event run by a handful of dedicated volunteers from the Jewish community. What began as a hands-on way to meet the needs of one couple who couldn’t afford fertility treatments, has quickly grown into a major forum to raise awareness of the struggles and hardships of infertility and provide solutions in an open and supportive environment.

Last year’s event had an incredible response, with over 250 attendees and enabled two fortunate couples to begin the necessary fertility treatments. Whilst not every couple is guaranteed to have a baby even with fertility treatment, since last year’s event there have been three successful pregnancies and since December 2006 eight babies have been conceived as a direct result of the ‘Spa for the Soul’ events and appeals.

Jodie Lowe-Ariel said: “I believe the real success of ‘Spa for the Soul’ is the genuine concern, heartfelt prayers and generosity of our supporters and participants who join as one to help make the dreams of these couples come true.”

Tickets cost $50 per person which covers all activities. For booking and event details or to make a tax deductible donation please go to www.spaforthesoulsydney.com

The function starts at 7 p.m. on Monday March 8. More details here

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