Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital in Tel Aviv.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The David, Gita and Michael Hoffman Healing Garden, which was inaugurated at the Dana-Dwek Children's hospital at the Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center, on June 4th, provides sick children and their families with a beautiful green park where they can play and have a good time. The Healing Garden, a project funded by a bequest from the Hoffman family from Australia, has playground equipment for children, footpaths, green lawns, tended gardens, a wooden deck, picnic tables, lighting, and musical instrument installations specially designed for outdoor playgrounds.
“The Healing Garden will help the children who are treated here, and us, in our struggle for life,” said Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center Director Prof. Gabi Barbash at the dedication ceremony for the Healing Garden, which, he said, will especially contribute to children who are hospitalized long term.
The Healing Garden represents an advanced approach in treating children and youth with chronic illnesses, through the understanding that green surroundings give a sense of tranquility and contribute to the healing process.
The dedication ceremony for the Healing Garden was emceed by KKL-JNF Fundraising Director Zeev Kedem, who read a letter written by a fifteen-year-old girl being treated in the Oncology Department at the hospital. In the letter, she described how much she enjoyed the Healing Garden. “I‘m so happy that children from other departments can also go outdoors to enjoy the garden as I do,” she wrote.
Attending the ceremony was Stuart Silbert OAM, an Executor of the Estate of Gita Hoffman whose bequest enabled the Healing Garden Project to be dedicated in the names of David, Gita & Michael Hoffman. Silbert, an Honorary Life Member of the Jewish National Fund in Western Australia, commented that after the premature & sudden death of their son
Michael, David & Gita Hoffman had dedicated numerous projects in Israel & Western Australia in his name. The late Gita Hoffman subsequently bequeathed substantial funds to benefit Israel, the Jewish Community of Perth & the people of the State of Western Australia. “I’m sure this Healing Garden will make a lot of children very happy,” he said.
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