Memphis JCC Cares Raises $10,000 for Israel Cancer Research Fund
On Wednesday August 7, 2012, The 2012 JCC Maccabi participants took a break from the sports competitions to do some social action and tikkun olam (repairing the world) during JCC Cares Day. Since 1982, the JCC Maccabi Games have always been more than an athletic competition. The JCC Cares program, formerly known as Days of Caring and Sharing, is an opportunity for the athletes to enhance their experience at the Games by taking a few hours out of the competition schedule to participate in a community service project. JCC Cares has become the centerpiece of Jewish programming at the JCC Maccabi Games.
Throughout the day, athletes came to the Memphis JCC to meet Tom Peled, an Israeli who founded an organization called Bike for the Fight (BFF). BFF is an international cycling charity committed to creating bike events that will promote the remarkable efforts of Israeli scientists in the field of cancer research and raise money for the Israel Cancer Research Fund to fund more cancer-fighting endeavors.
The athletes met with Tom and rode alongside him on stationary bikes while learning about his story, Israel and the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF). ICRF'S Mission is to support cancer research programs in Israel, for the benefit of Israel and all mankind and to support and encourage Israel’s brilliant scientists to remain and conduct their groundbreaking research in Israel. Each participant was encouraged to raise money for BFF and ICRF before heading to the 2012 Maccabi Games and the athletes raised over $10,000 for the cause.
Tom will be biking across the United States through October to continue raising money and awareness for the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Follow his journey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bikeforthefight