|12 Mar 2018|
On Thursday 8 March, we held a Fashion Show featuring 65 children from schools across London who modelled the new ELSA Boutique collection in order to raise funds for the Beit Halochem Centres.
Veteran Einat Malka was the highlight of the evening who we brought over from Israel to model the Elsa Boutique women’s wear collection. In the IDF, she served as a combat Instructor for Elite Combat Units. in 1997 during her service in the IDF, a sudden injury caused irreparable damage to her right leg causing her to suffer extreme pain.
She recounts: “For ten years following this injury I was wheelchair bound, sometimes on crutches using one leg only, fighting depression and despair. I fought to be a mother to my active children; I fought to get through each day. In the end, my answer was to lose so that I could eventually win. My doctor advised that I amputate my leg and I agreed. From that day, I began to reclaim my life with hours of rehabilitation and retraining at the Beit Halochem Centre in Tel Aviv. Incredibly, I completed a triathlon, I train and compete in long jumping. I have 3 wonderful children and I am happier than I ever thought I could be. Today I serve as the Chairperson of the Paralympic Committee at Beit Halochem. She continued “I am so happy to be here with you tonight and am grateful to all of you for the support you continue to give the incredible organisation, Beit Halochem.”
Thank you to all the families who were involved with the fashion show and to everyone who helped to make the evening possible.
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