Commemorating the Blue Box Champion in Australia Park

By KKL-JNF STAFF
April 1, 2012 09:48

For many years, KKL-JNF’s Blue Box was one of the organization’s most instantly recognizable symbols, and generations of children and adults were in the habit of slipping coins into it on a regular basis

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Blue Box sculpture in Australia Park

KKL_010412_A. (photo credit: Gabi Bron)

For many years, KKL-JNF’s Blue Box was one of the organization’s most instantly recognizable symbols, and generations of children and adults were in the habit of slipping coins into it on a regular basis. Recently, the Blue Box has been enjoying a renaissance in Israel, as a means of educating young people to conserve the environment and adopt the habit of giving.

In Australia, the Blue Box has long been a focus for the activities of the country’s Friends of KKL-JNF network. The stream of donations that flow in through Australia’s Blue Boxes, funding a variety of KKL-JNF projects for the benefit of mankind and the environment, is the largest in the world. For this, we can thank KKL-JNF’s many activists in Australia, who regard Blue Box fundraising as their life’s work. Among these activists was the late Sol (Israel) Schildkraut, the most active and prolific of them all, a resident of Perth in Western Australia, who died last year.

“He was, quite simply, the salt of the earth,” Robert Schneider, Chief Executive of KKL-JNF Australia, said of him when he visited Israel together with the Schildkraut family and their friends to inaugurate a special memorial site in Western Galilee’s Australia Park.KKL

Among Sol Schildkraut’s last requests before his death was a wish that one of the Australian-funded development projects in Israel should help to commemorate close family members of his who died in the Holocaust. A year after his death, this wish was granted at an intimate and moving ceremony held in Australia Park, a charming site established in the heart of the region that the KKL-JNF community in Australia took under its wing many years ago. The park includes paths, restful corners and a training center for all-terrain cycling – a hobby that is growing increasingly popular. It is also the main commemorative site for local IDF fallen, and its centerpiece is a Blue Box of white stone atop a basalt map of Australia. Two special memorial pillars record the names Australia’s annual Blue Box Champions, to which the name of Sol Schildkraut has now been added.


For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Publications
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-2-6583354 Fax:972-2-6583493
www.kkl.org.il/eng


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