Help win a million for the Friendship Circle

January 22, 2010 by Henry Benjamin
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The Chase Bank in the U.S. is giving US$1 million to the charity that raises most votes in a competition which ends today.

More than 500,000 charities entered the race for the million with only 100 making it to the second and final round.

The Michigan-based Friendship Circle is the only Jewish charity left in the running and is currently in third place.

Although American-based, the charity, which helps families with special needs, has chapters in Israel, Canada, France and Australia.

Zender Kavka and his wife Chana run the Sydney organisation and told J-Wire: “We have been going for three years and Melbourne for six. We have more than 60 teenagers in Sydney who give their time assisting families with special needs. We urge J-Wire readers to get online and vote for the Friendship Circle before Shabbas….that’s our last opportunity to get the prize over the line.”

If the charity wins, the parent group in Michigan will use the money to establish programs to aid needy families in all countries in which the Friendship Circle operates. The top five charities will get $100,000. Kavka added: “In New York, the Circle has appeared in talk shows in order to get the message across.”

Mordy Engel, 40, spoke to J-Wire about the Friendship Circle’s activities in Melbourne. “We have more than 80 volunteers from seven different schools including non-Jewish private schools. We offer five different respite programs each week and run both day and overnight camps.”

The Friendship Circle in Melbourne was established in 2003 and was one of the first 10. There are now more than 60 in the participating countries.

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