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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 22 Dec 2017 08:23 PM and ends Sat 23 Dec 2017 09:24 PM
כ"ו אדר ה' אלפים תשע"ב
The purpose of this letter is to bring to the attention of the community our Maot Chitin Campaign.
The Melbourne Jewish Community Charity Fund ("MJCF") is the largest provider of Jewish Welfare Aid in Melbourne. To the best of our knowledge, we offer over ten times the amount of financial assistance to the community than the next largest aid agency, Jewish Care. Indeed, in the last fiscal year alone, the MJCF distributed nearly $1.2 million to a broad cross-section of the community. Sadly, the level of financial distress within our community continues to escalate each year, and this is driven (in our experience) by the combination of diseconomies of divorce, ever-escalating rental rates, post-GFC blues, and general cost inflation.
Remarkably, nearly all of our Fund's activities are performed on a voluntary basis. Only recently, and as a result of our entirely unintended emergence as the first port of call for Melbourne Jewry's financially disadvantaged, we have now employed a part time secretary to provide some level of administrative support.
However, the most demanding roles of fund raising and distribution of monies is still managed hands-on by a Board of lay people and other charitable volunteers , who all have their own professions or businesses, and who dedicate countless hours to helping those in need within our community. It is estimated that our virtually zero-cost base enables at least another $150,000 in annual distributions.
To give you a sense of the incredible impact we are having within this community, the following two excerpts are from emails received in the last two weeks:
"I just wanted to express my thanks to you all for helping us with the health insurance. [name withheld] was readmitted to hospital a few days after he was discharged, but thank G-d he only had to stay a week and is now home again.
I know that you usually send out cheques before Pesach and I just wanted to be sure that you send it to the correct address, as before Rosh Hashanah it was sent to our old address........I can't express how much we appreciate your assistance during this time, this year has just been completely overwhelming, with [name withheld] being in hospital for more than six weeks this year so far, and your monthly support and the help with the insurance was a great source of help for us.
"I would like to express my sincere thanks to MJCF for your wonderful, generous gift received on the occasion of Purim. So unexpected that I thought your cheque had been sent to me by mistake! When I spoke to you over the phone and you explained that it was not sent in error, but was a Purim gift from MJCF, my heart soared! So seldom do I receive a gift and it has been such a long time since I've had any "spending" money that I decided I would use the money to buy myself something other than rent, food, utilities.
Within 5 minutes I had mentally spent the money 10 times over, but then I calmed down and reason returned. I've decided to buy one or two items of clothing, a new bath towel and a bed pillow. The rest stays in my bank account waiting for "a rainy day" or my Electricity Bill, whichever comes first. I'm so excited I can't wait to go shopping!!!!
My gratitude and appreciation go to all at Melbourne Jewish Charity Fund.
Pesach is obviously a very challenging time for families in need, and our donors have the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives.
We also include a brochure in this letter that many in the community may have already received.
Donations can be made via our web site:
Original piece is mjcf.pdf