Bronze medalist Gerbi raising money for charity

Judoka Yarden Gerbi is auctioning off her name patch from the Olympics to raise money for the children's oncology ward at Ichilov hospital.

Shai Landesman ,

The auction on Ebay
The auction on Ebay

Yarden Gerbi, one of the two Israeli medalists from the Rio Olympics, has decided to auction off her name patch from the games in order to raise money for a children's cancer ward.

In a post on her Facebook page, Gerbi tells of the first time she pursued a similar initiative, and her personal motives for helping to raise money for charity:

"Three years ago, when I won the Judo World Championship, I wanted to give back to the community, so I auctioned the special name patch I was awarded with the title of world champion.

"The winner of the name patch was Tal Keidar, and together we managed to raise 3800$, all of which was donated to the children's oncology ward of Ichilov hospital.

I" decided to auction my signed Rio Olympic name patch (the auction will close on the 29th of August).

"In addition, if the winner of the back number is Israeli (the auction is open worldwide) I will gladly hand over the item personally.

"Once again, all the money raised will go directly to the same ward in Ichilov - Children cancer patients.

"I don't know how much money I will raise, but I know that any amount will help.

"I may fight my battles on the Judo mat, but when I visited the ward with Professor Bickles I met amazing kids who are true warriors and heroes, doing their best to fight and keep high spirits.

"I recently found out that Liran Or, a sweet and loving girl with whom I was in contact with, had passed away. The news of her passing deeply saddened me, and strengthened my desire to donate to the same ward.

Please, share the link and spread the word about the auction. And
most importantly, keep healthy.

Yarden Gerbi"