"Virtual Volunteering" -
Australian Doctors' Initiative
Bridging distances and helping to heal some of Israel’s injured being treated at Hadassah Hospital and at the Gandel Rehabilitation Center
“Virtual volunteering” provides doctors with a unique opportunity in the current emergency situation in Israel to help in an efficient and effective way.
Although many doctors in the Diaspora feel they would like to be there, on the ground in Israel, to treat wounded civilians and soldiers, the reality is that logistically this is extremely challenging.
“Virtual Volunteering” means that doctors can continue to provide their ongoing medical services to their own patients while funding emergency medical programs at Hadassah Hospital.
"Virtual Volunteering" is more than a concept; it's a special bond between Australia and the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. By donating the proceeds of their working days (for example, a few days, a week, or a month), doctors can fund emergency medical programs where they are most needed in the hospital and in Hadassah’s Gandel Rehabilitation Center, while continuing to see their own patients in Australia.
Dr Robert Baume, Rheumatologist
My wife Dr Ruth Selig, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and I, have kick started this “Virtual Volunteering” initiative by donating $25,000 to the Hadassah Emergency Appeal. It represents our combined pre-tax salaries for approx two weeks.
Ruth and I feel that our contribution is in lieu of actually going to Israel and performing medical duties which would be a logistical nightmare and a lot less effective.
We strongly feel it is our duty as doctors to try to provide medical services to Israel in its greatest hour of need and this is an effective and efficient way of actually doing so.
I feel that in this way I am truly helping my ‘greater family’, the people of Israel. Imagine what it means to wounded Israeli soldiers when they learn that doctors from Australia have assisted in their rehabilitation.
Please join us and become a “Virtual Volunteer” and also inspire other medical colleagues to do the same.
If not now...when? ( I think this is a powerful challenge and entirely pertinent).
The Australian Doctors' Initiative urgently calls for support from doctors and the wider community. By becoming a "Virtual Volunteer" and contributing to the Hadassah Emergency Appeal, individuals can play a crucial role in saving lives and aiding in the rehabilitation of those in need.
All donations of $2.00 and above are tax-deductible., As a token of appreciation, virtual volunteers will receive a special Certificate of Appreciation.
Please consider joining the Australian Doctors’ Initiative by becoming a “Virtual Volunteer”, supporting Hadassah Emergency Appeal.
Beyond the Battlefield: Roni's Story
Roni's Extraordinary Path from Trauma to Triumph
Roni is a 20-year-old soldier in the Nahal Brigade who faced the unimaginable on 7th of October. In the heat of battle, he lost his comrades, leaving him alone in the field against dozens of terrorists. Sustaining multiple bullet wounds, Roni miraculously hid in bushes, crafting a tourniquet to stem the bleeding from his leg. After eight agonizing hours, he was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where doctors immediately recognised he was in mortal danger and rushed him into surgery.
Roni’s condition needed 12 surgeries by orthopaedic and plastic surgery teams, to preserve Roni’s knee for future functionality. Post-surgeries, Roni continued his journey in the Orthopaedic Department at Hadassah Ein Kerem, where he was treated before embarking on acute rehabilitation.
Prof Weil reflects, “Roni still has a long way to go in rehabilitation, and I wish him great success. I’ve gotten to know a combat soldier who doesn’t give up and has taught us all what determination is.”
After two months under the care of Hadassah Ein Kerem’s medical staff, Roni bid farewell with moving words: “My life was saved. I received my life back and would like to thank Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem and the entire staff for their dedicated care. When you arrive in such a critical condition, that’s what makes the difference.”
By supporting the Hadassah Emergency Appeal through “Virtual Volunteering”, you can help severely wounded soldiers and civilians like Roni to heal and rehabilitate.