the United States, races or marathons to raise awareness about health issues
and funds for research have become common events. But in Israel, even talking
about subjects like breast cancer is still difficult. That is why when delegations
from Karmiel and Misgav visited their partner cities of Baltimore and Pittsburgh
to participate in Race for the Cure, the Israelis were amazed at the willingness
of breast cancer survivors to speak about their personal experiences and
at the numbers of people participating.
In a bold and timely move toward bringing
the subject of breast cancer and other women’s health issues into the open
and to educate Israelis about their nature, Walking Together for Women’s
Health/Hilla Bagalil is based on Race for the Cure. While the prime reason
for the event is to educate and raise breast cancer awareness, a secondary
purpose is to raise funds to provide a health care professional to go into
the community and educate women regarding self-examinations. The long-term
goal is to build a women’s health center in the region and have Hilla
Bagalil become an annual event.
Hilla Bagalil is scheduled
to coincide with the last day of a holistic health festival in Misgav and
during the holiday of Sukkot.
The event is sponsored by the Partnership
2000 communities of Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Karmiel and Misgav. Missions from
Baltimore and Pittsburgh will be coming to Israel to participate and former
residents of those cities who have made Aliyah are encouraged to sign up.
Additional partners: To underline
the importance of this event, AMIT Women, Hadassah, Jewish Women’s Center,
Ladies Hospital Aid Society, Na’amat, and the National Council of Jewish
Women are working in partnership with the organizers of the event.
When: October 19, 2000
Where: Karmiel/Misgav in the Western Galilee
Time: 3:00 PM
How long: Choice of 2k walk or 5k walk
Who: Over 3000 women, men, and children are expected to
turn out for the walk-a-thon.
Virtual participation: Visit the site to participate online.