Daily Israel Report

PurimKef Makes Hundreds of Children Happy

Over 900 people, many of whom are children with disabilities, attended Kav LaChayim's annual Purim party and show.
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 3/9/2012, 1:30 PM

Kav LaChayim's PurimKef
Kav LaChayim's PurimKef
Yoni Kempinski

The Kav LaChayim Association held on Tuesday its annual “PurimKef” party for children, parents and volunteers from across the country at the Exhibition Grounds in Tel Aviv.

Kav Lachayim helps thousands of children and others suffering from serious illnesses, complex disabilities, and rare symptoms.

The movement’s activities depend on the voluntary help of hundreds of young people and other concerned citizens whose work forms the backbone of the daily assistance the movement provides to sick and disabled people in Israel.

The party included a costume contest with prizes, booths, inflatables, clowns, food booths and much more. Some Israeli celebrities, including contestants from Israel’s version of “The Amazing Race”, Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer players and Israeli singers, also took part. The guest of honor was Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, who spoke with the children and posed for pictures with them.

“As we do every year, we’re holding a national party for about 900 people from all over Israel, also from the periphery in the north and the south,” Yuval David, National Project Manager of Kav LaChayim, told Arutz Sheva. “We hold for them a special event with lots of attractions.”

David explained that for the children, the party is “a once-a-year party. It lets them meet with other children from all around Israel, something which isn’t possible during the year because of their disability. Their ability to interact socially is very limited and the opportunity we give them to be together with their friends at a show and at a party is a one-time thing for them.”

Tzvi, a volunteer with Kav LaChayim, said, “It’s an unbelievable event. Kav LaChayim is doing something huge here. The children are happy, they invest enormous resources. I’m relatively new here with Kav LaChayim and I’m greatly impressed. The people here are doing a great job.”