THE TRAGEDY: Our mate Lisa (aka Zilbo) is one of the last Zilberprivers. Almost all her extended family was wiped out in the Holocaust. Lisa's grandparents were the only ones to escape to Israel, where they had their son Yizhaq, but they were so severely traumatised with the deluge of losses, they surrendered him at only three years old to be raised by others.
For decades, Yizhaq has talked about his desire to take his daughter to Auschwitz to honour their lost family together, but Lisa was raised by her Mum in Australia, so the opportunity never presented itself, UNTIL NOW....
THE TRIUMPH: Zilbo recently completed the Challenge Melbourne endurance triathlon for the fifth time. That's a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run back to back! She shocked the pants off herself by QUALIFYING for the Challenge WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP which is staged only weeks from now in Samorin, Slovakia...
SAMORIN IS A COUPLE OF HOURS FROM AUSCHWITZ!!
WE WANT TO HELP LISA AND HER FATHER MEET IN SAMORIN ON 2 JUNE, BECAUSE IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO BOTH OF THEM.
There probably aren’t words to describe how proud Yizhaq would be to watch his daughter compete in a world championship, then honour the family members who didn’t make it out of Auschwitz with Lisa by his side.
As for Zilbo – she never dreamed she would qualify for a world championship. She’s still recovering from a bike accident in 2016 in which she broke her jaw in four places and smashed a bunch of teeth. This woman is seriously motivated! She regularly finishes training at midnight before an early start at her demanding day job working to prevent domestic violence.
We (Boo, Dan, Mary, Maddy and Janine) know she MUST go and are supporting her every way we can. If you think so too, please contribute RIGHT NOW and share with your friends. We only have until 23 May to make this happen!
If with your help we don’t raise enough by 23 May, the trip will not happen and all donations will be refunded.