Jewish girl's Haiti charity project

Sadie models one of her World Jewish Relief-aiding T-shirts

Sadie models one of her World Jewish Relief-aiding T-shirts

Borehamwood batmitzvah girl Sadie-Mae Arellano has raised nearly £300 for World Jewish Relief's Haiti emergency appeal by making and selling 100 tie dye T-shirts.

The Yavneh College pupil wanted to mark her batmitzvah by adopting a charity. "I thought it would be an important step in becoming a Jewish adult and taking responsibility to help others." She had been moved by "the shocking pictures of how the people of Haiti were suffering. I wanted to help and chose WJR's appeal."

She produced the T-shirts with the help of family and friends and sold them at the Clore Shalom School summer fair.

WJR's Hope for Haiti appeal has passed £500,000 and has helped more than 40,000 victims of January's earthquake.

Working closely with global and local partners, the charity has provided essential aid including shelter tarpaulins, large family tents, food packages, water kits and medical supplies.

Mobile clinics set up in partnership with international health agency Merlin have been treating people for conditions including malaria, diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections.

WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni said: "We have been able to mount a response on this scale because of the remarkable support from a multitude of individuals, organisations, businesses, schools and synagogues."

    Last updated: 11:10am, July 29 2010