Canadians bring breath of fresh air to shelters

By HAVIV RETTIG
July 21, 2006 00:18

A Canadian philanthropic organization announced on Thursday it is donating 100 mobile air conditioning units to northern residents who have been living in swelte ring bomb shelters for over a week. The units are to be given by Canadian Jewish billionaire Gerry Schwartz and the Heseg Fund for lone soldiers, and will be distributed to bomb shelters by Heseg scholarship recipients who were themselves lone soldiers. The Canadian Jewish community has said it would expand the operation. "This is the best expression of the Heseg Fund's combination of contributing to the IDF and contributing to Israeli society, which today find themselves together on the front lines," said Schwartz's representative in Israel, Aviv Bushinsky. Once the situation in the North is calm, the air conditioners will be redistributed to IDF units. The Heseg Fund was founded by Schwartz and his wife Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music, Inc. The fund's goal is to help soldiers who don't have family in Israel.


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