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Launched in these pages during the war with Hamas in January last year, the initiative earned support from notable Israelis including Uri Geller and Ambassador to the UK Ron Prosor, as well as from former prime minister Gordon Brown.
The new Magen David Adom ambulance was officially presented (with the help of the Galibov brothers from Bushey, pictured left) to the people of Israel at a moving ceremony in Netanya.
MDA Israel’s Yoni Yagodovsky said: “This vehicle gives us the practical ability to save more lives.”
The 60 thousand pound intensive care units, like the one donated through our campaign, are the most sophisticated ambulances in the organisation’s armoury.
Boasting a wide spectrum of medications and kits for minor surgery, they are manned by doctors or senior paramedics trained and equipped to deal with the most grave incidents including terror attacks.
And while this campaign was launched at a time when rockets were raining down on Israeli civilians, Yagodovsky said: “The core of the activity of Magen David Adom is the daily life-saving pre-hospital treatment. We are there for our patients 365 days a year with or without major catastrophes.”
During its first two months on the road in Netanya and the surrounding areas, the ambulance responded to 831 calls including 40 child medical emergencies and 65 traffic accidents. It has also assisted six women in labour.
Retired surgeon Norman Rosenbaum, the driving force behind Cockfosters’
efforts on behalf of MDA, thanked the shul’s leadership for its support for the campaign and stressed that the emergency service serves all people in Israel.
“It makes no difference to MDA whether the patient is a Jew, Arab, black, white; people are people. It’s man’s natural instinct to help.”
MDA UK Chief Executive Eli Benson thanked the Jewish News and Cockfosters & N. Southgate Synagogue “for helping MDA Israel save lives”.
He added: “We are grateful for the newspaper’s support in promoting our work.”