TWENTY per cent of Israelis aged over 65 live close to the poverty line and cannot afford housing. It is an alarming statistic recognised by United Israel Appeal (UIA) Australia who is committed to improving the plight of Israel’s elderly on its upcoming inaugural crowdfunding Giving Day.
On Thursday, November 5 – in celebration of its 100th anniversary – UIA will be raising funds for Amigour, Israel’s leading operator of public and sheltered housing facilities for the elderly. For 24 hours, all donations will be matched by the Israeli government.
Currently Amigour provides 6000 apartments in 57 homes for about 7500 residents – 80 per cent of whom are Holocaust survivors. But the need is constantly growing, with about 27,000 elderly still lacking proper housing.
The current climate has highlighted the vulnerability of the elderly population and urgency to provide them with safe housing. Lack of proper social housing is just one reason for this, along with poverty, social isolation and hunger.
Next Thursday, November 5, UIA Australia is Uniting for the People of Israel. For 24 hours only, every dollar you donate will be matched x 4 by generous donors. Details: charidy.com/uiaaustralia
“For the first time UIA is running a national campaign for donors Australia-wide to support the people of Israel, with all donations being matched for a truly exceptional project. We look forward to our whole community supporting this unique opportunity in our centennial year,” said UIA Victoria CEO Jeff Feldman.
There are approximately 180,000 Shoah survivors living in Israel, one in three of whom live below the poverty line. The construction of a new Amigour Home in Ashkelon with 471 apartments will provide a home for vulnerable elderly in need.
Each individual/couple receives a subsidised apartment that includes a living/sleeping area, kitchenette and bathroom. Residents enjoy a wide range of activities that provide social interaction, while medical care is also provided.
To donate to UIA’s Giving Day, visit charidy.com/uiaaustralia.