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HELP ZILBO TURN TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH

$4,440 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 19 days
Created May 4, 2019
ZEALOUS FOR ZILBO
on behalf of Lisa Zilberpriver
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.
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Dear Absolute Legends,

YOU. DID. IT!!!

I’m dizzy thinking how fast this has happened - and it still blows my mind that it’s happened at all. But thanks to your incredible support, I’ve been able to:
- accept my slot at the Challenge Championship
- book flights to Vienna
- book accommodation near Samorin
- hire a special bag to get the bike safely to Europe
- rent a car to get the bike from the airport to the race site and back,

and most importantly:
tell my dad that WE ARE ON and he can book his travel too.

The remainder of the target here would help fund Aba’s travel from Israel, get both of us to and from Auschwitz and cover accommodation there for both of us, but we can manage that between us.

Without your help getting me to the race, we could never have done any of it. Your generosity and your heartfelt encouragement have literally made the difference between this trip *definitely not happening* and being ALL ON.

I’ll post pics of the race and the trip to Poland with Aba, but in the meantime: thank you. I’m more grateful than I can express.

Much love,
Zilbo
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Hello to everyone who has supported our campaign to fund Lisa's to represent Australia in the Challenge World Championships, and so much more. We've all become a part of this amazing story, which has now been picked up by the Australian Jewish News! Enjoy the read:

https://www.jewishnews.net.au/lisas-gutsy-journey-from-pain-to-pride/89965
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Hi everyone!

Wanted to let you know that the super-booster effect your support has had on my swim times seems to have translated to running too...

I usually cover about 11-13kms in my Tuesday night 1.15hr interval run, but this week I made it 14.29kms!

Excuse the sweatiness in the pic - I’m wearing a hoodie to emulate Slovakian summer temperatures...

Thank you all so much for your amazing support. I can’t believe we are nearly at $3,500!

My dad is beside himself with excitement (hi Aba :).

Xx
Z
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Hello to you, the absolutely outstanding people who have helped out by chipping in, sharing or sending lovely messages in response to this GoFundMe campaign <3

I wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart - I was really uncomfortable accepting Janine and the team's incredible offer to put this page together as it's not easy asking friends and strangers for help, but your kindness has blown me away and I am so grateful for you all.

Your support has quite *literally* buoyed me up and I am inexplicably swimming about 4-5 seconds per 100m faster than I ever have! For real - there is no other possible explanation - I trained for six months leading up to Challenge Melbourne and never came close to the swim times I've been putting down since this campaign began!

Here is a pic from after a session last week; coincidentally, my coach had programmed a 3000m set for exactly the day donations ticked over the $3000 mark.

We are so close to reaching the target and I almost can't breathe when I think that I might be able to post an update saying I've booked flights ... If you can think of anyone else who might be able to help spread the word, we will have all the more chance of getting there.

Thanks again everyone - you are really something.

xx
Zilbo
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Raised by 76 people in 19 days
Created May 4, 2019
ZEALOUS FOR ZILBO
on behalf of Lisa Zilberpriver
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