Students at Rockland Community College came together last semester for an important cause: fundraising for Save a Child’s Heart, the Israeli charity that provides life-saving heart surgeries for children across the globe, regardless of country of origin or religion.
CAMERA-supported group Friends of Israel at RCC hosted the event, dubbed “Melt Your Heart Out” on campus, where they incorporated food, fun and music while spreading awareness and support for one of Israel’s notable humanitarian contributions. During the heart-themed event, participants enjoyed chocolate fondue and cardio exercise as they learned about the life-saving work of SACH.
The event was part of Save A Child’s Heart’s February fundraising campaign called “Give Your Heart Out”. The goal was to introduce participants to Israel’s dedicated involvement in humanitarian aid and social causes, specifically the free cardiac care that this organization provides for children living in underprivileged countries. Friends of Israel educated the audience about SACH’s doctors and coordinators, whose selfless mission is to improve the life of children around the world.
For Friends of Israel, the event was successful in raising funds for SACH, but also in terms of getting their name out on campus. Many participating students had no prior involvement with their group, let alone knowledge about Israeli history, its people, or current atmosphere today. This made the event a special opportunity to educate students about the efforts Israel makes to share its resources with the rest of the world.