Save a Child’s Heart

A 15-year-old from Tanzania has received life-saving heart surgery at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel, thanks to funds collected by a 12-year-old girl.

In the months leading up to and following her July 2021 Bat Mitzvah, Amelie Anderson, who is from the United Kingdom, raised $18,000 to support the charity Save A Child’s Heart (SACH), quickly surpassing her original goal of $15,000. 

Based in Holon, Israel, SACH has saved at least 6,000 pediatric heart care patients who live in countries with limited or no access to medicine. 

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Anderson first became engaged with SACH in October 2020, when she embarked on her first challenge: ‘60,000 steps for 60,000 heartbeats’.

The heart of a healthy 12-year-old girl (Bat Mitzvah age) beats approximately 60,000 times every 12 hours. So, as her first challenge, Anderson participated in a sponsored walk of 60,000 steps (26 miles / 42 km) along the Thames towpath – over two days – from Tower Bridge to Hampton Court Palace. The following October, Anderson completed her second challenge – another 26-mile (42km) walk – this time, from Hampton Court Palace to Windsor Castle.

In April 2022, Anderson finally made it to Israel, where she was matched with Salma, a 15-year-old girl from Zanzibar, Tanzania, who was diagnosed two years earlier with an acute heart condition known as mitral regurgitation. 

In March, 2022, Salma underwent life-saving heart surgery at Wolfson Medical Center, thanks to the funds people donated from Anderson’s  campaigns. 

To celebrate the successful surgery, world-renowned illusionist and psychic Uri Geller hosted both girls in Jaffa where he gave a tour of his new Uri Geller Museum, while demonstrating his spoon-bending powers. 


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