(AJNews) – Long-time CMDA supporters and Calgary philanthropists Lenny and Faigel Shapiro have donated a new 4X4 Paramedic Supervisor Vehicle to Canadian Magen David Adom (CMDA). It’s the Shapiros fourth major new equipment donation to CMDA.
The CMDA is the Canadian fund raising arm of Magen David Adom (MDA).
“The MDA is vital. It is Israel’s only ambulance and emergency medical service for all accidents, sickness and casualties,” says Mr. Shapiro. “Faigel and I are so proud to support their tremendous efforts.
The new 4×4 Paramedic Supervisor Vehicle, valued at $145,000, is used as an emergency response vehicle to provide additional backup on complex incidents such as mass casualty incidents (MCI) or other incidents requiring a senior incident commander.
It’s also used for lighting and communications and the vehicle is equipped as a MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Unit) and can transport one patient.
In January, the Shapiros donated a $130,000 standard ambulance to CMDA, and in March, to celebrate Faigel’s 86th birthday, the Shapiros donated a $38,000 Medi-Cycle Emergency Scooter. It matched the first scooter they donated just a few months earlier.
The scooters, which are driven by paramedics, can get through traffic faster than the Standard Ambulance to provide pre-hospital care. They contain life-saving equipment, including a defibrillator, an oxygen tank, and other essential medical equipment.
The Shapiros are encouraging others to support CMDA. “The need has never been greater and we strongly urge members of our Jewish community to get involved in helping our precious Israel,” adds Mr. Shapiro.
Mr. Shapiro volunteers as the CMDA’s Calgary Chair supporting the work of Sharon Fraiman, Western Regional Director.
“Lenny is like a super hero and we can’t thank him and Faigel enough, especially in these unprecedented times, “says Fraiman.
‘The pandemic forced us to cancel our major fund raising event in May, and on top of that, MDA is on the front lines helping to prevent the spread of the pandemic throughout Israel. We, are being asked to do more than ever before,” adds Fraiman.
For more information or to donate please visit Canadian Magen David Adom Canadien at www.cmdai.org.