After some unusually cool days, Friday, May 4, was warm and sunny. Hundreds of people from all over Israel came to the lovely suburb of Raanana to walk for Habayit Shel Benji. Named for Benji Hillman, decorated and beloved soldier who was killed in battle during the Second Lebanon War, his “house” will be a home for lone soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. Lone soldiers are those who serve without having nearby family support.
This year’s walk had a special spark of anticipation—the building, which will be a dorm facility for 50 lone soldiers and a gathering place for hundreds more—is due to open in October.
As a company we are proud to support HaBayit Shel Benji and the soldiers it will serve in the future!
Here are some photos from the walk-a-thon.
Young participants in the walk-a-thon doing stretching exercises.
Some not-as-young, but still spry walkers do an aerobic warm-up.
Men and women from the Egoz unit, where Benji served in the IDF were easy to spot in their bright shirts.
The starting line (and finish line) of the walk-a-thon.
Saul Rurka, the driving force behind HaBayit Shel Benji and Benji’s first cousin, kicks off the event
Nachum Hofree , the Mayor of Raanana gives a speech at the beginning of the walk-a-thon. The city of Raanana donated the land where HaBayit Shel Benji is being built.
The course followed the bike paths that skirt the citrus groves bordering Raanana.
Local police were there to re-direct traffic and keep the way safe for the walkers.
Even four-legged friends turned out to show their support.