World Jewish Relief helps Rwandan Street Kids
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Posted: March 08 2007


March 8 2007 ( - On Sunday 4 March, GELT TRIP, World Jewish Relief’s newest committee, held its first ever event. The pub quiz, ‘A SAACA Questions’, was held at the Adelaide pub in Swiss Cottage and also marked the first ever fundraising activity for a non-Jewish cause, in aid of WJR’s international work.

As the channel for UK Jewry's global giving, WJR’s non-sectarian overseas aid arm provides emergency and development aid to those in need throughout the world, regardless of race, religion or ethnic origin. WJR raises separate funds for global needs with specific, targeted appeals in response to genocide, persecution and natural disasters. After the Tsunami, for example, WJR channelled the Jewish community's support to projects in South East Asia.

GELT TRIP’s pub quiz attracted over 150 young professionals and raised over £2500 for SAACA (Streets Ahead Children’s Centre Association), a UK based charity set up to help the street children of Rwanda who continue to suffer the effects of the genocide.

Tim Goodman, Chairman of the GELT TRIP committee, commented;

“The pub quiz was such a success, not to mention really good fun. Everyone was extremely proud to be able to support a Jewish charity that not only helps Jewish communities around the world, but also recognises and fulfils its global responsibility to others’.

Charlotte Casseron, Community Development Manager for WJR, commented;

“WJR is thrilled to have the support of such an exciting committee. Not only did their event raise significant resources and profile for WJR’s support to a fabulous project in Rwanda, but it gave people the opportunity to learn about a much underestimated part of WJR’s work which has significant relevance today”.

The evening was hosted by Des Clark, one of the UK's most exciting rising stars who has made a name for himself as both a highly successful comedian and as one of television's hottest young presenters. Thanks to his sparkling wit and skill, Des beat thousands of hopefuls to be asked to host ITV1's Saturday morning live programme SM:TV Live.

Notes to editor

As a Jewish organisation, World Jewish Relief actions UK Jewry’s global responsibility and responds immediately to suffering and need wherever it may be across the world.

Since WJR began in 1933, the charity has worked in 32 countries and currently supports more than 15, providing support where no other UK Jewish aid charity works.

The funds WJR raises to support Jewish communities across the world is separate from the funds raised for global needs.


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