Published On: Sat, Feb 19th, 2011

Mitzvah Day raises $2,000 for education in developing nations

BOCA RATON – More than 200 people came out recently in support of the Free the Children (FTC) organization and the B’Nai Israel annual Mitzvah Day. They helped raise more than $2,000 to assist education in developing countries.

Most important, the kids are experiencing first hand the success that comes with sustained, on going efforts. In a year and a half, the middle school group Feed the Children has raised a staggering $26,000 to adopt a village in Kenya (which includes building a school, fresh water well, health care clinic and a source of alternative income to women).  The fourth graders have raised more than $5,000 to build a fresh water well in Kenya.

The recently-raised $2,000 is a start toward the students’ new goal of raising $8,500 to build a school in India.

A special thank you to Nel Bloom and the team at B’Nai Israel for giving the kids the opportunity to express their passion for Free the Children, and to introduce FTC to friends and community members who were unaware of the work the group does around the world.

Hats off to the Edelmans, the Rubinoffs, the Sotos and all the volunteers who made this day a reality.  There is nothing quite like David Rubinoff screaming into his megaphone while guiding the racers with his pace car!

The race could not have been possible without the sponsors – the Runner’s Edge and Mootz’s.

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