Art for heroes auction raises £70k for IDF trauma support

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Art for heroes auction raises £70k for IDF trauma support

London art gallery showcases IDF helmets re-imagined by Israeli creatives including Maya Gold, Orit Fuchs, Bar Ben Vakil and Ilana Krasnik

  • Lion of Judah, Bar Ben Vakil
    Lion of Judah, Bar Ben Vakil
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Seven artistically re-purposed helmets raised more than £70k at a London auction for IDF reserve soldier trauma support.

The boutique charity event at Mayfair’s Omer Tiroche Gallery brought together three charities; British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI), art and philanthropy organisation BRUSH and Israel’s psychological trauma non profit NATAL, to help support those experiencing trauma in Israel following the atrocities of October 7th and the ongoing conflict.

The London leg of the ‘Art for Heroes’ auction series included works by Uzi Amrani, James Ame, Maya Gold, Orit Fuchs, Sammy Kattan, Bar Ben Vakil and Ilana Krasnik.

Dr. Ilan Preiss, co-founder of BRUSH, spoke of the vital work the charity is doing to help the reservist soldiers from the IDF in getting the correct support to guide them through any mental health challenges they may be experiencing.

Alan Jacobs, chair of UK Friends of Natal, mentioned the “importance of forming a sanctuary of support to those fighting on the ground in Israel”.

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Uzi Amrani

Pamela Crystal, co-chair of BFAMI said: “We stand together in support of those who have sacrificed more than we can image as those living in the diaspora and are here to support their journey to recovery and rehabilitation back into their new normal.”

Helmet Auction, London. L-R. Alan Jacobs, Omer Tiroche, Pamela Crystal, Barak Ganor, Ilan Preiss.

Dr. Talya Greene, associate professor, department of clinical, educational and health psychology said: “PTSD can have profound impact on the lives of sufferers and their loved ones.  There is an urgent need to train therapists to have trauma-specific expertise, and to expand our toolkit of possible treatments by developing and testing novel approaches.”

The next auction will take place in Israel on June 27th at the Carlton Tel Aviv. To view the helmets, click here.

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