OneFamily and Kay Wilson

With everything that’s going on right now, OneFamily needs our support more than ever.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my big plans for my upcoming Big Birthday. This time I’m profiling terror survivor (and Times of Israel blogger) Kay Wilson. Kay has become a personal friend, and it’s thanks to her I was first introduced to the wonderful work of OneFamily.

Many of you will already be familiar with Kay’s story. If you aren’t, then I recommend you watch her TEDx talk, The Idiot’s Guide to Surviving a Machete Attack or read some of her Times of Israel blogs.

People assume it’s ‘business as usual’ for us. But it’s not, and it never will be.

Although Kay lives with chronic pain and PTSD resulting from the attack, she hasn’t let that turn her bitter. On the contrary, she is an amazing example of love, outreach… and crazy humour! Among her other adventures, she hid Mohammed Zoabi in her home for a month when his life was threatened, she went to Egypt to visit Egyptian Muslim peace activist Ahmed Meligy, and she is constantly working to promote dialogue and coexistence.

“OneFamily are wonderful!” says Kay. “I give talks for them whenever I can, because they believe in me and this helps me in my recovery. It is my way of helping others who are worse off than me.”

“Terrorism does not simply shatter your former world,” explains Kay, “it makes your former world disappear altogether. You have to adjust to a new and terrible reality – a new ‘you’, a weaker ‘you’, a more vulnerable ‘you’. But with time it can also become a stronger ‘you’.”

“It’s natural for those around us to carry on with their lives. Gradually people forget or they assume it’s ‘business as usual’ for us. But it’s not, and it never will be.

“OneFamily helped me not feel isolated. They understand that what I went through is not a little ‘murder recess’ that will fizzle out and then normalcy will be restored. They have a longevity, a commitment to each of us that helps us not withdraw from society. I know I can call someone any time of day or night. That’s the sort of friendship that is worth more than any money.

Terrorism makes your former world disappear altogether. You have to adjust to a new and terrible reality.

“And at OneFamily they always encourage us to ‘choose life’ (which in Judaism is actually a commandment). Everything they do oozes with life and community. Their approach is crucial: they know there is a time to mourn and a time to rejoice. They have the skills, sensitivity and experience to know what we all need and when we need it.”

Kay concludes: “I believe that without OneFamily I would not be in the relatively stable mental place that I am today.”

Help youngsters orphaned by terrorism

Thanks to all those who’ve already contributed to my Big Birthday Project to support the Orphans Project of OneFamily. As of the beginning of the week, it’s raised close to $1,000 — so there’s still a long way to go and I need your help!

You can donate at my OneFamily page — donations made on that page are tax-deductible in the United States. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation in Canada, the UK, or Israel, you can donate here by clicking the appropriate button. But please specify it’s for my birthday project! Either do that on the donation page, or send me a message via Facebook and I’ll make sure OneFamily know.

P.S. Did you donate already? Please send me a message via Facebook so I can make sure it’s included in the project total.

Help spread the word!

I’d love it if you’s blog about this project, tweet it, add it to your Facebook page, forward this blog to anyone else you think might be interested… in short, help spread the word!

And… thank you.

Right now, OneFamily needs our support more than ever.

About the Author
Caroline Ben-Ari has lived on three different continents, but still talks with a British accent. She now lives in the beautiful Central Galilee region of Israel, works as a technical communicator, and firmly believes that 60 is the new 40.
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