Shari Arison meets Pope Francis.
(photo credit: COURTESY BANK HAPOALIM)
Israeli business woman and philanthropist Shari Arison met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday to commemorate "Good Deeds Day."
Arison, the owner of Arison Investments, Bank Hapoalim and one of Israel's richest business women, spearheaded “Good Deeds Day” nine years ago in order to promote acts of kindness across the globe. Since then, the event has spread to over 58 countries as it promotes its message of community service. It is expected that over 3 million hours of volunteering will be given on Good Deeds Day this year.
“Good Deeds Day, initiated nine years ago, is a day that does good deep in your heart. It is a day that connects between people of all ages, cultures, and religions,” Arison said. “It has crossed all borders to become an international tradition, where people from all walks of life unite around the simple idea that every person can do something good for the benefit of others and the planet. Some 60 countries will participate in Good Deeds Day 2015, exposing millions of people to its message. We are certain Good Deeds Day will continue to grow and expand in the future.”
Arison’s encounter with the Pope is the first of many “Good Deeds Day” events that will take place across the city on March 15th.
Good Deeds day events will also be taking place in Rome, with the main event, a “Good Deeds fair” on the Via dei Fori leading up to the Colosseum, offering Roman residents the chance to help others in their community as well as the environment.
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