JERUSALEM, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - The International March of the Living today
announced one of the largest private donations in the organization's 21-year
history, a $500,000 gift from Guma and Jamie Aguiar. The 2009 March of the
Living at Auschwitz, the largest of Nazi Germany's concentration camps, will
be held on April 21st, marking the 70th year since the Third Reich launched
the Second World War.
Only one week earlier, Mr. Aguiar stirred international headlines through
an historic $8 million donation to the aliyah (immigration to Israel)
organization, Nefesh B'Nefesh, instantly establishing him as one of the Jewish
World's leading philanthropists.
"On behalf of the thousands of people who will benefit from Mr. Aguiar's
generosity, we sincerely thank him," said Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, Chairman of the
International MOL. "This support will enable us to forge ahead with our work
of educating the next generation about the horrific realities of the Holocaust
while effectively combating anti-Semitism and hate."
"It is urgent and vital for our youth to witness and understand the
magnitude of the Holocaust firsthand and grasp the astonishing miracle of the
rebirth of the State of Israel from the ashes of the Shoah," said Aguiar.
The Aguiar family will march shoulder to shoulder with Israeli and other
leaders who plan to take part this year, along with nearly 10,000 young
people. "I cannot begin to imagine what we all will feel when we sing
'Hatikva' together at the gates of Auschwitz," Guma Augiar said. "Israel's
existence is the answer to the horrors of the Holocaust, and we, in honor of
the 6 million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis, will proudly accompany the
marchers when they immediately continue their journey on to Israel to
commemorate its Remembrance and Independence Days. It is in honor of those who
were murdered that we have chosen to make this gift."
Aguiar, founder of Leor Energy in 2003, was lauded worldwide for his
stunning success in identifying one of the largest North American natural gas
deposits discovered in decades.
"Mr. Aguiar has a prophetic sense of vision and purpose, demonstrated
precisely at a time when philanthropy is facing serious challenges," said Dr.
David Machlis, Vice Chair of the International MOL.
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