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On February 3rd a sell-out crowd of over 460 people joined us to celebrate 90 Years of Magen David Adom at our Gala Dinner at St Kilda Town Hall.  John Searle (Barrister and former Chairperson of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Equal Rights Commission) acted as MC of the evening and did a fantastic job educating the crowd on the important work of Magen David Adom in Israel.
We were also pleased to have Alon Fridman, CFO of MDA Israel here to give us an insight into the importance of our 2020 project: raising funds to put defibrillators on the streets of Israel.  Phillip Kingston (community figure and Auctioneer extraordinaire) passionately urged the crowd to give meaningfully to our 2020 Campaign and, based on the community response to the evening he did a fabulous job.
The “main event” was our Keynote speaker Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch. Hillel spoke passionately about the challenges that Israel continually faces and also brought to light the myriad other humanitarian issues that he also deals with daily on behalf of other countries fighting for their rights on the world stage.
This event surpassed all our expectations and has set a fantastic tone for our campaign for 2020, ensuring that we will be able to provide defibrillators for general public areas throughout Israel.  
On Tuesday, MDA Australia generously provided our guest speaker, Hillel Neuer, at a private lunch at Arnold Bloch Leibler (legal firm) co-hosted by Zionist Federation of Australia & Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council. Hillel powerfully highlighted the blatant hypocrisy of UN Human Rights Council.  That same night he addressed another sell-out crowd of over 250 people, for the Australian Union of Jewish Students, Sir Zelman Cowen Oration.     
Wednesday, guests Hillel Neuer and Alon Fridman spent the day with MDA Australia chairperson, Glynis Lipson and executive member David Sher in Canberra.  They met with Mark Soffer – Israeli Ambassador to Australia, Josh Burns - Member for Macnamara and other MP’s and also attending the Australian Parliament Question Time.
Andrew Bolt, Sky News journalist, held a candid interview with Hillel Neuer for his show, the Bolt Report which was aired on Wednesday night.  As usual Mr Bolt was able to encapsulate the issues being faced by Israel and Mr Neuer on a daily basis, and the fact that he has a national audience, we anticipate will help bring light to inherent issues within the UN.
We are most grateful to our donors and sponsors listed below.
 
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Scott Winton Insurance Brokers
The Les & Eva Erdi Humanitarian Charitable Foundation
Silver
Gary Peer
Lowe Lippmann Chartered Accountants
 
Event Sponsors
John & Pauline Gandel Charitable Trust
Roquette Catering by Joshua Luftig
Matana Band
 
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To Community Security Group Victoria - CSG, thank you for always ensuring the safety of our community.
To our volunteers who helped us put on such a fantastic night. You are certainly the key to our success and we thank you sincerely for always ensuring our events are so well run.
Thank you to all of you, our supporters for joining us in what was an unforgettable event. Thank you for your ongoing support in the lifesaving work of Magen David Adom.
The Red Cross Blood Bank has rebranded and is now known as Australian Red Cross Life Blood.
Each time you donate blood or plasma and mention you are a part of the Magen David Adom Australia group (MDA Red 25), your donation will go toward our overall total of blood units raised for the year.  If you can attend on the date above please contact our office to make an appointment, but if not, please remember to tell Life Blood that you are giving for MDA Red 25 and let's continue breaking records for blood donations in 2020.
MDA Australia is proud to now be associated with Hatzolah in bringing First Aid courses to the community.  We have three dates pre-arranged so far this year.  Should any of our members wish to arrange a dedicated course, either private or corporate, please feel free to contact us at MDA Australia or email Hatzolah on the advertised address above.  Remember to say you’re with MDA!

Looking forward to educating the community.  See you there.

Tzofit Naim, a 29-year-old woman from Netivot, Israel, had planned on giving birth in the delivery room of a hospital, but her newborn daughter had different plans. Shortly after Tzofit went into labour, she and her husband Zion, realized the baby was coming far more quickly than they anticipated and soon concluded they wouldn’t make it to the hospital in time. As a result, they called Magen David Adom’s 101 Emergency Dispatch Centre.
MDA’s team arrived to the scene rapidly, and after a medical examination the team transferred Tzofit to a Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulance. Shortly after, before they could begin her trip to the hospital, the baby was born with the assistance of MDA Paramedic Ofir Perez and MDA Senior EMT Aviah Hazeroni.
“It happened so quickly, I never thought my [child’s] birth would progress so rapidly,” Tzofit said. “The team was amazing, their kind words and smiles were so significant to me during those moments.”
The EMTs and paramedics of Magen David Adom are known for their tireless work saving Israeli lives, but they are also instrumental in bringing new Israelis into the world.
YOU are instrumental in making sure they can continue to do both. Your gifts to MDA provide crucial ongoing training that prepares everyone from youth volunteers to seasoned paramedics for every kind of medical emergency. Help save a life today and create more life saving stories. 

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Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone – anywhere
 
Magen David Adom Australia’s 2020 Campaign: To place a defibrillator on street corners throughout Israel!
 
Immediate response is vital. A victims chance of survival dramatically decreases for every minute without treatment.
That’s why public access defibrillators are so important.
Our aim is to put a defibrillator on street corners throughout Israel.
 
Through this initiative Magen David Adom will ensure the public is equipped to help save lives.

MDA AUSTRALIA has now sent out our list of retailers and suppliers that offer a range of exciting discounts exclusively available to MDA AUSTRALIA members.  Remember our membership is for a calendar year and provides MDA Ambulance cover to all members whilst in Israel.  

At $54 per household you are not only protecting yourselves but also helping support the lifesaving and humanitarian work of Magen David Adom.

Further to Entertainment (formerly the Entertainment Book) going fully digital, please find these links to assist you in understanding how to download the Entertainment app and unlock all your discounts for the next year.
Entertainment Member information here
How to use your digital app Youtube
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