Charity gets support
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-12-03
WJR annual dinner raised £1.5m
Despite the economic downturn, supporters of Jewish humantarian aid prganisation WJR came out in force to support its annual dinner and helped to raise £1.5m on the night, matching the its 2007 fundraising dinner.
BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis was the host of the event who told guests of the work WJR does and its 75-year-old history.
"We are delighted, overwhelmed and extremely thankful that our message last night had such an impact on the 580-strong audience that we were able to make such a significant amount to support our projects, despite the difficult economic climate," said Nigel Layton, chairman of WJR. "We are so moved that despite the hard times that we are all facing, we are going to be able to continue to help those in such desperate need around the world. Huge thanks to our wonderful supporters for their generosity and loyalty in these difficult times."
Among the special guests attending and showcasing the work WJR has done were Professor Leslie Brent who was on that first Kindertransport on in December 1938 and came to England. Professor Brent became an eminent professor of zoology and immunology.
Gustavo Murmis from Buenos Aires spoke of how WJR had supported him during the Argentinean economic collapse in 2001.
At the end of the evening, Hampstead Garden Suburb mother-of-two Elaine Knobil showed a film of her recent visit to Georgia where she stayed with a struggling Jewish family for a week and followed the problems and issues the Jeiwsh community is facing in eastern Europe.