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Shalom Emma
 
With the High Holy Days now past and a beautiful Sukkot under our belts, we now have a "roadmap" out of the current lockdown.
 
We at MDA Australia are putting our heads together, working towards being able to present you with some informative and fun events in 2022.
 
For those of us who  have been unlucky enough to have Simchas postponed due to COVID, you may consider sharing your special Simcha with MDA through our ongoing Share your Simcha campaign.
Although we are not currently on site at our new premises, we are always available either by email or phone so please, should you want to talk to us about making a donation or enquiring about our various volunteering programs in Israel, or anything else, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.
 
We are excited to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new staff member Rachel Pitt, who will be taking over the position of Community Liaison and Admin Coordinator.  Rachel will be joining our team early October and we look forward to you meeting and working with her in the areas mainly, of Aged Care and Education.
 
 
Wishing you a healthy and safe 5782.
EXCERPT OF LETTER FROM PRIME MINISTER NAFTALI BENNETT TO DIRECTOR GENERAL OF MDA, MR ELI BIN, 27 JULY 2021.
excerpts from presidential letter below
 
...........I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all of MDA’s employees and volunteers for a year and a half of unprecedented and important work in the fight against the coronavirus which is still continuing.
 
............MDA has played an important role in reducing the morbidity caused by the coronavirus and assisting those diagnosed with Corona.
 
This has and continues to play a critical role in our success against the pandemic.
 
Thank you!
 
Sincerely,
 
Naftali Bennett
On Wednesday 29 September at 17:10 (local Israel time) a report was received in the MDA Asher 101 Dispatch Centre about an accident between a bus and a car on Route 89 at the Hurfeish exit.
 
A Mass casualty event was immediately declared.
 
MDA EMTs and paramedics pronounced the death of a total of 5 victims, one man from the bus and 4 of the passengers in the car (a 35 year old woman, a 12 year old boy, a 15 year old boy and a 5 year old girl) and evacuated 35 victims to hospitals including 3 by helicopter to Ramban Hospital in Haifa, 32 lightly wounded to Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya and Ziv Hospital in Safed.
 
MDA paramedic Kold Issa recalls: "This was a very serious accident. We arrived with many MDA teams including mobile intensive care units, ambulances, Medi-cycles and an MDA helicopter. A bus turned on its side across the road and the commercial van which had been severely damaged was on the shoulder of the road with approximately 5 unresponsive victims trapped inside. While extrication efforts were under way, we were forced to declare 4 patients deceased and the driver, severely injured was evacuated by helicopter while undergoing medical treatment. The bus driver was evacuated while unresponsive with severe multisystem injuries and after medical examination, was also pronounced deceased. Two of the bus passengers, who were severely wounded were lying on the road with severe injuries to their limbs and tens of additional victims were walking around the scene. They were provided with medical treatment at the scene, the 2 severely injured victims were evacuated by helicopter to the hospital and the lightly injured victims were evacuated in MDA ambulances and mobile intensive care units to hospitals in Safed and Nahariya."
 
MDA Blood Services provided 188 blood units & products to hospitals in the north for use in this tragedy.
 
Our thoughts, prayers and condolances go out to victims and their families at this time.
The president of the Jordanian Red Crescent has spoken of how training in Israel helped equip paramedics in his country to face the Covid crisis.

Mohammed Al-Hadid was the guest of honour at a lunch hosted by MDA UK to mark the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords.
He took the opportunity to warn that leaders of the countries that signed the Accords must ensure normalisation leads to improvements in people’s lives to avoid the failures of the 1994 peace between his country and the Jewish state.
But he insisted the conflict with the Palestinians must not be ignored amid new regional ties – with the need for negotiations leading to a two-state solution.
“It’s a fantastic organisation. I sent a cohort of Jordanian students to Israel.  They spent four years there and made lots of friends.  MDA trained them well. Now many of them are working in our centre and were instrumental in the covid crisis.” He revealed Jordanians will be taking part in a workshop in Tel Aviv in December to prepare for earthquakes in the region.
 

On the many occasions he has had to call on the Israeli Embassy in Amman when Palestinians need help “straight away it falls on listening ears”, he said.
 

“We never talk about politics with our colleagues. Maybe we have differences but the commonalities are so much stronger. Why talk about trivial matters? The colour of blood doesn’t distinguish between Arab, Jew or non-believer.
 

“To mobilise people you need an enemy. Let that be pandemics, social injustice, poverty.”
We take this opportunity to thank both Elwood and Elsterniwck Shules for advertising our High Holy Day Appeal to their congregations this year.
 
We realise what a difficult time it is for so many and appreciate them including MDA at this time in their Newsletters.
 
Without the ongoing support of our local community, MDA in Israel would not be able to continue saving lives both in Israel and abroad, or its amazing Research and Development into new lifesaving technological innovations.
 
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