My name is Noah. I am from Toronto and I spend my summers at Camp Timberlane in Haliburton, Ontario.
For my Bar Mitzvah project, I walked on my treadmill the whole distance from my home to camp, which was more than 220 kilometres. It took me 11 weeks to complete.
I did this to raise money for OneFamily, to send a child to a camp in Israel or to Camp Timberlane. OneFamily is an incredible organization that helps Israeli families who have lost a family member in war or terrorist attacks. Many of those kids go to my camp in August for three weeks. On one Friday night, the whole camp gathers at chapel and the Israeli campers tell their tragic stories. Once or twice during the service, I look around and it seems that everyone is thinking the same thing as me — which is that we are so lucky to have everything in our lives and that we should help others who are not as fortunate as us. Each summer, I get to spend time with some of the Israeli campers. They are all normal kids, just like me and my friends, but their stories are very different than ours. I think it’s really important to raise money so more kids can have fun and experience camp life. At chapel, the Israeli kids explain how meaningful camp is to them. I have even started keeping in touch with the some of the Israeli kids during the year as well.
I was very proud of the money that I helped raise for OneFamily and I appreciated all of the donations that my family and friends made.