Cornerstone Laid for Sports 758x530.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The cornerstone for the new park was laid at a ceremony attended by executive officers of the hospital, KKL-JNF representatives, donor Marylin Libin and members of the October 2014 National Canadian Mission now visiting Israel. The impressive park, which is already under construction, will include sports fields, exercise equipment, a race track, a promenade, lawns and gardens.
“Physical exercise is a fundamental component in the development of children and youth,” said Prof. Dan Nemet, Deputy Director of Pediatrics at the Meir Medical Center. He said that although physical exercise can help in dealing with many illnesses, the subject is hardly studied in medical schools. In addition, the park will provide medical researchers an opportunity to study the effect of physical exercise on the children's healing process.
Marylin Libin, honoree at the Negev Dinner this year in Calgary, said that when she was asked to choose a project to be undertaken with the funds raised at the gala event, she reviewed more than a hundred different proposals. The hospital park stood out among all of them because of the connection between medicine and sports. “I’m sure the park will contribute to the health of the children, especially children with handicaps and chronic illnesses,” said LIbin. “Thanks to the park, children will discover what they are able to do in spite of the challenges they have to face.”
The cornerstone ceremony was led by KKL-JNF Chief of Protocol, Andy Michelson. Zeev Kedem, Director of the KKL-JNF Resource Development Division, said to Libin and to all others present that “this is not only a contribution for a park, but also a contribution for people and for children.”
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