Last Thursday, the official cornerstone-laying ceremony was held at the WIZO building in Avanei Chen that is opening this year. Mayor Haim Bibas, Deputy Mayor Moish Levy and Deputy Mayor Motti Gruner, the city's rabbi, Eliyahu Alcharar, the city engineer, Rami Ziv, director of the Social Services Branch, Ya'akov Almog, director of the Cultural Field at the municipality, Alon Shmidt, WIZO's international chairperson, Helga Glaser, chairman of WIZO's international management, Tova Ben Dov, and chairman of WIZO Israel, Yochi Peller, were all president at the ceremony for the building, will be named after Ray and Tom Mandel.
The new building, which is currently being constructed, will include four offices, two classrooms, an event hall holding up to 100 people, a room for Bigudit (WIZO's chain of second-hand clothing stores), a storage area for Bigudit, and a garden that will stretch 130 meters.
Construction of the building was made possible by WIZO Australia -- in particular the donors Tom and Leah Mandel, who live in Melbourne.
At this branch's activities, which are meant for all ages and include dealing with girls at risk, providing aid to single-parent families, selling secondhand clothing at symbolic prices, activities for the pensioners of the city, a legal bureau, social meetings, workshops and courses, will take place at the new building. The Services Branch will also assist WIZO to run these activities.
At the event Mayor Haim Bibas stated that there are currently four WIZO daycares operating in the city, and that construction is soon to begin on the organization's Thursday daycare. "Your activities proved that you do not only speak, yet also do -- and you do a lot," he said. "I am very happy about the establishment of the WIZO building, which will provide a solution to many of the city's residents. We will be held to help you with anything that you may want."
Friday, September 03, 2010