Olmert chat is offered in unconventional charity drive

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
September 18, 2013 03:48

The nonprofit organization Aleh offering chat as prize in raffle that will help fund a mobility hoist that provides transport of children with disabilities.

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Former prime minister Ehud Olmert.

Olmert looking concerned 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post )

Want 15 minutes with former prime minister Ehud Olmert to tell him what you think of him?

The nonprofit organization Aleh is offering a video chat with Olmert as the prize in an unconventional online raffle that will help fund a mobility hoist that provides safe and dignified transport of children with severe disabilities.

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In the chat, the winner will be able to converse with the former prime minister for 15 minutes.

The raffle is being run by Wizeo, a revolutionary new fundraising platform that allows donors to interact directly with a well-known figure through a video chat as a reward for donating to a charity of the figure’s choice.

The platform is designed to simplify raising money for initiatives worldwide.

The month-long raffle, which begins Wednesday, can be entered by donating a minimum of a dollar to Aleh, Israel’s largest network of residential facilities for children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities.

Boston-based Wizeo cofounder Guy Bauman stressed that Olmert had the power to stop the call at any time.

“Olmert is involved in advancing new technologies, so we thought he would be a good fit,” Bauman said.

“We’re not identifying ourselves with issues hanging over Olmert or to make a political statement, just to make interesting people available for important causes.”


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