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New Zealand’s Wellington Unit Celebrates Purim with Support for Hadassah’s Medical Clown Program

Winner Karen de Maat, with HE Shemi Tzur

The Wellington Unit of Hadassah-New Zealand raised funds for the Hadassah Medical Center's Medical Clown Program by hosting a raffle and stand at the local Jewish Community Center's Purim Gala. "It seemed a natural fit--to promote Hadassah's Clown Project on a day that celebrated Purim, when folk are encouraged to done fancy dress!" commented Hadassah Wellington Committee Member Sam Treister.

Various local vendors contributed to the box of Kosher prizes for the raffle winner, whose name was drawn by HE Shemi Tzur, Israel's Ambassador to New Zealand.

"I chose to support the Hadassah raffle," said Raffle Prize Winner Karen de Maat, "because I am an early childhood teacher and appreciate the fact that hospitals can be daunting for some children. I also like the idea of including laughter as a tool for therapy, because as the saying goes, 'Laughter is the best medicine.' "

Left to right: Hadassah Wellington Committee Members Sam Treister and Ari Chait, with Mentor and Past President of Hadassah Wellington Jayne Chait
Date: 3/12/2013

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