For the first time, this annual event on behalf of Beit Halochem went virtual, and international.
This year there was another new feature: We invited the disabled veterans of Beit Halochem to participate, too, by completing any physical activity of their choosing and sharing this with us. Together with these heroes of Israel, we honored and supported their rehabilitation through the Virtual 5Towns 5K.
We thank longtime Board member, Dr. Isaac Seinuk, founder and coordinator of this race, for the creative decision to go virtual in this time of pandemic. In the spirit of not giving up, he and Beit Halochem USA have adapted to the times.
“I am humbled by the response that we had from the disabled veterans in Israel for the first ever Beit Halochem Virtual International 5K,” Dr. Seinuk commented. “Nearly 100 disabled veterans from all over Israel participated by doing whichever form of exercise that best suited them.”
From riflery, treadmill, archery, and wheelchair basketball, to adapted recumbent cycling, golf and table tennis, our Beit Halochem members really pitched in and competed.
“I was told that they felt a real connection with the international participants. Sometimes an event transcends its original goal of raising funds and actually connects the participants with the recipients,” Dr. Seinuk mused. “We may have achieved that. People can still be a part of this by making a donation to Beit Halochem in honor of the event or a loved one.”
A special THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the first ever 5Towns 5k Virtual International Run! You made us all proud.