The British Friends of Zaka organization has donated a first-aid motorbike to be used in northern Israel by Zaka, the rescue and recovery group.
The war in Lebanon highlighted the demand for Zaka's rapid rescue unit. The donation was made by David and Ann Marks of Manchester, and Rochelle and Anthony Selby of London, in celebration of the diamond wedding anniversary of parents Sam and Hilda Marks of Bournemouth.
The bike will be located in Rosh Pina. Sam Marks chose to support Zaka's emergency efforts following his wartime experiences during World War II as a prisoner-of-war in the Far East.
At a ceremony to mark the donation, Sam Marks said it was his "hope and prayer" that the bike would play a part in further improving Zaka's response time, and would give the residents of the North a better chance of survival after disaster and let them also reach "the milestone of a diamond wedding."
David Rose, director of the London-based British Friends of Zaka, expressed the group's gratitude to the Marks and Selby families. "During the recent war, Zaka helped over 30,000 civilians in northern Israel and our work very much continues today," claimed Rose.