From Italy to the Negev with Love-1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Throughout her tour, Giuditta Matalon was accompanied by KKL-JNF Milan Emissary Shariel Gon, by Ricardo Levi of KKL-JNF Milan and by Etti Lankri of the KKL-JNF European Desk in Jerusalem.
On Monday June 16th a festive ceremony in honor of the visit of Ms. Giuditta Matalon was held at a site established thanks to one of her donations: the leadership classroom
at the Beit HaGdi School in the Sdot Negev region. Pupils, administrators and teachers at the school welcomed Ms. Matalon with applause, excitement and great warmth; when they learned that she would be celebrating her eighty-eighth birthday the following day, they all burst spontaneously into a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday to You.”
Eden and Shilat, two girls from the Young Leadership class, welcomed Ms. Matalon in Italian and thanked her for her donation. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you’ve done for us,” they told her.
During the course of the day, the Italian delegation also visited the green classroom inaugurated last Tu BiShvat at Sderot’s Gil Rabin School.
School Principal Etti Azran and science teacher Varda Madmoni, who oversees the Green Council, welcomed the deputation, expressed their heartfelt thanks and presented Ms Matalon with a certificate of appreciation and pictures of the schoolchildren engaged in a variety of activities in their new classroom.
Ms Matalon, who had displayed a heroic robustness throughout her long and exciting expedition among the schools and gardens of southern Israel, did not indulge in long speeches but responded simply and with characteristic modesty, “I love Israel very much and you are my family.”
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