Hillel International today announced a record number of student and staff participation in their new program promoting Good Deeds Day, a global social initiative which brought together more than 900,000 volunteers in 58 countries on March 15th.
Created in 2007 by businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison, and organized by Ruach Tova, a nonprofit organization under The Ted Arison Family Foundation, Good Deeds Day is an annual celebration of Doing Good. Since its launch in Israel, Good Deeds Day has crossed borders and cultures, and attracted hundreds of thousands worldwide.
“Deeds Day, initiated nine years ago, is a day that does good deep in your heart,” said Arison. “It is a day that connects between people of all ages, cultures, and religions. It has crossed all borders to become an international tradition, where people from all walks of life unite around the simple idea that every person can do something good for the benefit of others and the planet. 58 countries participated in Good Deeds Day 2015, exposing millions of people to its message. We are certain Good Deeds Day will continue to grow and expand in the future.”
Hillel Israel played a leading role in globalizing Good Deeds Day. Alon Friedman, Director General of Hillel Israel said, “We did not need to stop our regular work to participate in “Good Deeds Day”—our core business is doing good. This day gave us a chance to celebrate our mission and we called upon Hillels worldwide to join us.”
“Hillel International was proud to join Shari Arison and Ruach Tova as a leading partner for Good Deeds Day this year,” said Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International. “Thousands of students from North America, Israel, the former Soviet Union and South America participated in this program to make the world a safer and better place, one good deed at a time.”
More information on Good Deeds Day is available online at http://gdd.goodnet.org/.
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