UIA Australia Raises $2.4 Million on Giving Day

November 11, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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UIA Australia has raised $2.4 million on its inaugural crowdfunding Giving Day using Charidy’s online platform last week.

UIA volunteers in Sydney

Funds raised will support a new Amigour Home in Ashkelon, southern Israel, providing housing for vulnerable elderly including Holocaust Survivors and new immigrants.

UIA Australia’s Giving Day broke Charidy’s record for raising the highest amount of money and having the highest number of donors (over 2,500) for a Jewish organisation in Australia.

Remarkably, the campaign reached its initial target of $1.5 million within four hours of commencing and had the incredible support of approximately 250 volunteers around Australia.

UIA VIC President Hayley Southwick on the phone

UIA CEO Yair Miller said.“The Giving Day exceeded our expectations and we are so grateful to the thousands of donors and hundreds of volunteers who were involved from across Australia – and beyond! This campaign has once again emphasised the scope and scale of UIA and tangibly demonstrated our unwavering partnership in strengthening and empowering the People of Israel. UIA will continue to find innovative and compelling ways to ensure our community stays connected to our Global Keren Hayesod-UIA Family.”

In Keren Hayesod-UIA’s centennial year and amidst the current climate, UIA Australia collaborated nationally on this first of its kind campaign for the organisation.

Amigour is Israel’s leading operator of public and sheltered housing facilities for vulnerable elderly, a key project supported by UIA Australia in partnership with Keren Hayesod-UIA and the Israeli Government.

All funds raised in Australia will be matched by the Israeli Government.

Currently, Amigour provides 6000 apartments in 57 homes for about 7,500 residents. But the need is constantly growing with about 27,000 elderly still lacking proper housing. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of the elderly population and urgency to provide them with safe housing.

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