Pratt Foundation aids the aider

June 1, 2011 Agencies
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Sir Bob Geldof , the renowned Irish musician, humanitarian activist and producer of Live Aid and Live 8 was a panelist at an international conference in Herzliya: “Israeli involvement in Africa: Past, Present and Future”. The conference was organised by IsraAID, the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid with funding from the  Australian-based Pratt foundation.

Sir Bob Geldof and Jeanne Pratt Pic: Shimi Nachtailer



More than 300 businessmen, social activists, NGOs, artistes, doctors and media personalities participated in the conference, the first of its kind in Israel bringing together the corporate world, individuals NGOs the media and influential public figures. The purpose was to discuss Israeli involvement in business, social activism and the influence of artistes as agents of change.

Sir Bob Geldof participated in a panel discussion entitled “The arts and the media as agents of change for Africa”. Geldof said:” Israel, a country that was born from suffering and misery, is noble in its aspiration to assist Africa”.

He encouraged Israeli citizens to forge new relationships and connections with African countries. He said: “The Jewish people throughout history have used their intellect and their culture to be open; to absorb, and be absorbed into other cultures, to assimilate, to learn from and to teach. That’s what you guys do. Do not be forced into turning away from the world.”


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