Swiss Ambassador to Israel Walter Haffner acted not only as a gracious host, but also as an artist and an auctioneer at an even held at his residence on June 21 in support of the Save a Child's Heart Foundation (SACH) and the Edith Wolfson Medical Center.
SACH is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project which aims to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease.
Guests were pleasantly surprised when their host, Ambassador Heffner, not only donated some of his artwork to the auction which was held at the event, but also acted as auctioneer.
Ambassador Heffner, who hosted the garden party at his residence in Ramat-Gan, demonstrated his profound knowledge of Jewish tradition, and after wishing good health to the thousands children whose lives were saved at Wolfson over the years, added "knock on wood…"
Among the distinguished guests at the event were: Andrew Standley, head of delegation-the European Union; Yael Dayan, a member of SACH and The Friends of the Edith Wolfson Medical Center; Yaakov Gelbard, honorary president of The Friends of the Edith Wolfson Medical Center, who purchased one of the paintings at the auction; and Dr. Yitzhak Berlowitz, the director of the Edith Wolfson Medical Center, who informed the guests that the city of Holon has officially approved the plans for a new children's hospital.
"We greatly appreciate the assistance the ambassador extended to SACH and the Edith Wolfson Medical Center, which will allow us to continue our humanitarian activity," Dr. Berlowitz said.
"The assistance will benefit hundreds of children suffering from cardiac complications, whose lives are saved at our medical center each year. Some 3,000 children from 46 countries, as well as from the Palestinian Authority, were treated at Wolfson with the assistance of SACH, and we are continuing this fine tradition, while believing that 'he who saves one life saves the world entire.'"