Jerusalem - NBA All-Star Makes Significant Donation To United Hatzalah
Jerusalem - An unlikely hero has emerged in the fight to save Israeli lives quickly and efficiently – six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire.
As part of his Amar’e Saves Campaign, Stoudemire donated $441,318 on June 22 to United Hatzalah, an emergency medical assistance nonprofit. Stoudemire’s generous donation will enable United Hazalah to purchase additional medical equipment and new “ambucycles” or medically equipped motorcycles which have helped to save as many as 4,200 lives, according to United Hazalah Founder and President Eli Beer (http://bit.ly/1CrWoxj).
Stoudemire co-owns Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel’s professional basketball team. He has stated that he thinks of himself as “culturally Jewish” and likes to visit Israel frequently. In an interview last week with PIX11 News, Stoudemire said of Israel, “It’s kind of a beautiful place to connect yourself with because of all the history that took place in the land of Israel.” The NBA All-Star first became aware of United Hatzalah’s work through his connection with David Kleinhandler, a New York-based investor.
“You’re truly saving lives,” remarked Stoudemire, “and to do it in a way that’s fun to me, to play basketball, it’s a win-win.”
What prompted Stoudemire to contribute to United Hatzalah was the quick response time of its 2,500 medically trained volunteers – usually around 90 seconds – and its efforts to minimize response time by using the ambucylces and a hi-tech, GPS-based mobile dispatch app. “In today’s society, which is so fast, we need to be doing something about saving lives quicker, and United Hatzalah is doing that,” Stoudemire said.
“We are very grateful for the amazing support and generosity of Amar’e and his fans,” said Mr. Beer. “This will help us tremendously to save lives by being the first to arrive on scene after car accidents, terrorist attacks and other medical emergencies. Our volunteers are very grateful.”
Added United Hatzalah’s Vice President Michael Littenberg-Brown, “The money we’ve raised will save countless lives, but the real goal was to encourage young people to become involved in saving lives and forge a deeper connection with Israel.”
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