Earlier this month, we had our annual general meeting which was attended by the board members and staff of The Netanya Foundation. We looked back at the success of the past year, at our projects and discussed our future ventures.
We are very grateful to have so many dear friends and supporters who join us in our efforts to make a difference in the lives of Netanya's residents.
Commemoration of the late Avishai Panini
In a moving ceremony that took place last week on behalf of the Netanya Foundation, "Pinat Avishai" was inaugurated on the corner of Uzi Hitman and Ehud Manor streets, Netanya. "Pinat Avishai" was named after the late Avishai Panini, who fell during his military service in 1970. "During his service in the Suez Canal he suffered unbearable pain and is a testament to heroism and sacrifice," noted his doctor.
Present at the inauguration ceremony was the Panini family, Netanya Mayor Miriam Fierberg-Ikar, CEO of the Netanya Foundation Shlomi Waroner, City Council Member and Chairman of HLT Avi Selma, Director-General of HLT Rami Duani, the city's General Director Yoram Cohen, and distinguished guests including Avishai's close friend.
The late Avishai joined the IDF at the end of September 1966. He fought in the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War and in the Suez Canal during the War of Attrition. During this time, he suffered severe pain but performed his role faithfully. Avishai's dedication to his military service was commendable and it was evident that he was motivated and chose to serve his country wholeheartedly. Avishai was buried in the military cemetery in Kiryat Shaul at age 22.
The Mili Center
We are excited to see the construction work in full swing for Mili center an integrated, rehabilitative daycare center for aging adults with intellectual disabilities. We are hoping that the center will be finished and ready for use in early 2020.
The new building will include four homerooms for a group of eight individuals each, which are the main activity rooms. In addition, there will be one homeroom for individuals who need constant care and supervision. There will be three treatment rooms: one for the physiotherapist, one for the social worker and one to be shared by the nurse, speech therapist, occupational therapist and others. Apart from the main lobby and guest area, there will a joint dining room and kitchen where breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided daily.
The Netanya Foundation is most grateful to all the supporters for making this project possible.
Netanya Hoops for Kids
"Hoops For Kids" is an international program serving at-risk kids with the aim of teaching them essential life skills to help them become healthy, successful, and community-oriented individuals through the sport of basketball. The program has been running successfully in Netanya since 2011.
Hoops For Kids pairs Barak Netanya professional basketball players with after school programs for children at-risk, giving them the opportunity to create real relationships and learn from their role models. The program works once a week with 12 after school programs throughout the school year. The program focuses on teaching life skills such as communication, teamwork, goal setting, discipline, and healthy lifestyles.
Good luck to all the participants for this year!
The Netanya Foundation was established in 1989 in order to improve the quality of life of the city's residents. From the late 1980s and to this day, Netanya has absorbed over 65,000 immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia and other countries worldwide. This is the mission of the Netanya Foundation. We continually seek and find the resources to help our residents and build a strong community for everyone. The Netanya Foundation initiates, manages and operates cultural facilities, community services, social, health, education, sports, science, religion, charity and welfare programs.