Londoner Sharna Kinsley was so inspired by a talk by Major Gen. (res.) Doron Almog about ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran that she jumped into action to recruit friends and create a two-day walk-a-thon to help raise awareness and funds for the outstanding work done in the Negev village.
From Sunday, July 12, through Monday, July 13, Kinsley walked a total of 36 miles and raised nearly £ 2,000 for ADI Negev. A group of similarly inspired friends including Jules Katz, Deborah Markhan, Laureen Levy, Susan Berman, Jenny Hoppen, Jonatha Hoffman and Marin Kirsch, dubbed “The Walking Warriors,” joined Kinsley for part of her mission.
“I’m normally a person who plans to do things and sometimes often get around to it, but I just thought this needs to be done. The talk had such an impact on me that as I was listening I thought I just needed to raise (funds) for these kids,” said Kinsley, who chose to focus on supplying ADI’s professional staff with personal protective equipment (PPE), which will help continue to shield ADI’s immunocompromised residents from COVID-19.
Wanting to show her overall support for Israel during these most trying times, Kinsley finished her walk in front of the Israeli Embassy, where she was met by Acting Israeli Ambassador Sharon Bar-li.
British Friends of ADI director Liron Rosiner Reshef expressed gratitude to Kinsley for “turning inspiration into action and pounding the pavement for two straight days. During these confusing times, it is so heartwarming to see people go above and beyond to help our professional staff in their lifesaving mission, to reach out from afar to show their love for our ADI family.”
Almog’s moving talk was part of a Zoom lecture arranged by Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson, Rabbi of Beit Baruch and director of Chabad of Belgravia.