New Timrat Bike-1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On Friday, March 21, the new Timrat bicycle trail was dedicated at a magnificent site overlooking the Jezreel Valley. The new single trail was built by KKL-JNF, together with youth from the Neve Amiel Youth Village. In honor of the trail's dedication, KKL-JNF awarded six scholarships for a special course in becoming biking instructors at Tel Aviv University, to the boys who built the trail.
The Neve Amiel Youth Village is a school for at-risk youth in the Jezreel Valley. Approximately sixty teens aged 15-18 live and study there, and engage in various forms of extracurricular activities. Nadav Hameiri, a teacher who works at the youth village, approached KKL-JNF with the idea of having his students cooperate with KKL-JNF in creating the new Timrat single.
KKL-JNF Northern Region Projects and Events Coordinator Eti Azulai said that while KKL-JNF is usually identified with working with land, "we also work with people's hearts
. For the kids from the Neve Amiel youth village, work like this reconnects them with society in a very personal and value-oriented way. We want to continue this sort of work, and to do so, we need the support of KKL-JNF's friends in Israel and abroad. This project and others like it are looking for sponsors to adopt them."
Natan, Rafi and Dudu, three of the boys who worked on the trail and received KKL-JNF grants, reinforced the realization of just how important work like this is for them. "This is what helps me let go," said Dudu. "When I'm not riding or working, I feel like I'm about to explode."
"Building this trail was really hard work," Rafi said, "but it was also a lot of fun. I feel like I know every centimeter of the trail personally, and it's an incredible feeling to see people riding on it and enjoying themselves. I want to be as professional as I can about everything connected with cycling
, so the course KKL-JNF is funding at Tel Aviv University is just perfect for me."
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