(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
This year, long-standing KKL Italy supporter Giuditta Matalon is turning ninety years old, and she is currently visiting Israel and seeing the many projects she has supported. “I feel at home here,” she said, “and it’s very important for me to be involved in what happens in Israel.”
Over the years, many projects all over Israel have been undertaken with support from the Matalon family, and the KKL Italy delegation accompanying Giuditta Matalon on her visit to Israel toured some of them, including the therapeutic patio at the ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem, the renovated entrance to the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, a classroom for special needs children in the Ramot Menashe Forest
and the renovated entrance to the Ilan Center for Children with Disabilities in Kiryat Haim.
In the south, delegation visited the KKL Italy
donor recognition site at Kibbutz Nir Am
near the Gaza border. The plaques there attest to the extensive involvement of the Italian people in all areas of life in Israel. The life-saving tree planting
along the Gaza border, the security road to the school in Saad, the leadership classroom at a Sdot Negev school
and the Halutzit and Ganei Tal
community development project were implemented with the support of the Matalon and Modai families in Milan. Giuditta dedicated the projects to her brother, Beniamino Matalon, to her father, Alberto Avraam Matalon, and to her mother, Rachel Modai.
The next stop on the tour was at the Ezra Lemarpeh Rehabilitation Center in Sderot, which is under construction, another project undertaken with support from the Matalon family. The center will be serving thousands of residents in southern Israel and will include a physiotherapy center, a therapeutic swimming pool, a lending center for medical equipment and an ambulance service center for the localities on the Gaza perimeter.
The delegates also visited the Besor R&D Station
, which focuses on finding solutions for agriculture in the arid and semi-arid regions of the Western Negev.
Many of the projects Matalon took part in funding benefit the younger generation. “Children are the future, which is why it’s particularly important for me to invest in them.
“It’s so exciting to travel in Israel and meet the people. I feel like I am one of them,” concluded Giuditta Matalon.
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