Opening of the new Legacy Heritage Children’s Home of Save a Child's Heart
The new Legacy Heritage Children’s Home of Save a Child's Heart opened on Wednesday, November 2nd, with a high profile ceremony with more than 130 people who came to the new house in Haviva Reik Street, Holon.
The ceremony took place in front of the Save a Child's Heart Children's Building in Memory of it's Founder Dr. Ami Cohen z''l, in the Ganz Family Charitable Foundation International Children’s Playground where the guests were surrounded by the Webkinz playground statues.
The guest of honor in the ceremony was Holon Mayor Motti Sasson who said during the ceremony that he hopes the cooperation between Save a Child’s Heart and the city of Holon will continue for many more years.
The mayor also wished Save a Child’s Heart good luck in their new home and highlighted the fact that in the new house there will be room for more children, mothers and volunteers.
The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Australia Mrs. Andrea Faulker, the Ambassador of Switzerland Mr. Walter Hafner, the Ambassador of Ghana Mr. Henry Hanson Hall, the Ambassador of Angola Mr. Jose Joao Manuel, the honorary consul of Tanzania Mr. Kasbian Nuriel Chirich and the Ambassador of El Salvador Mrs. Suzana Hasenson.
The ceremony was also attended by Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy, Mr. Thomas Goldberger and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Canada Mrs. Katherine Verrier Frechette as well as representatives from the embassies of the UK, Holland, Kenya and the Philippines.
There were several speeches by Motti Sasson, Mayor of Holon, Debbie Cohen, the widow of Save a Child's Heart founder the late Dr. Ami Cohen, Jerry Schukman, representative of the Ganz family foundation, Jeff Turutski, representative of the Legacy Heritage fund, Yoram Cohen, Save a Child's Heart chairman and Uri Kertes, member of the Save a Child's Heart Israel executive board.
Unfortunately, Dr. Ami Cohen’s parents, Ovadia and Dolores Cohen could not be present at the ceremony, so they sent out a touching video that all the guests watched during the ceremony.
The new children’s home will provide Save a Child's Heart with the required space for the growing number of children participating in the program and it will be perfectly tailored for the program's needs.
The new home is planned to be 900 sqm and will be able to accommodate up to 250 children annually. It will include a separate indoor playroom for the children and an outdoor playground as well as a room for the movement and dance therapist working with the children.
The new home will be located on Haviva Reik street in the Municipality of Holon. The new facility will also be situated in closer proximity to the Wolfson Medical Center, ensuring easier transit back and forth from the hospital.
Read here the article on Haaretz about the new children's home.
To see more pictures of the house, click here.