Camille wins top JVN International Volunteering award for Emunah

05 November 2018 | Fundraising, Head Office

There was clapping and cheering when British Emunah trustee Camille Compton won the Overseas and International Volunteering award at the JVN Heartbeat of the Community Awards 2018. Camille is a past Chairman and Vice-Chairman of British Emunah, a charity caring for thousands of vulnerable and at-risk children and families in Israel.

It was a “proud moment” for Camille Compton as she received her accolade from community stalwart Rosalind Preston and businessman and TV star Claude Littner from ‘The Apprentice’. The ceremony took place on Wednesday 31st October at the Arts Depot, Finchley.

Accepting the award, Camille Compton said: “British Emunah is lucky to have an amazing team of employees and volunteers of whom I am honoured to be part. Without our dedicated Emunah team, life would have been very different for thousands of children and I am proud to accept this award for my entire Emunah family.”

Her desire to support Emunah began on a trip to a children’s home, where she met an eight-year-old girl who was covered in cigarette burns, inflicted by her parents. “I began to understand Emunah’s work. How could I not help out?” Mrs Compton said.

Camille’s nomination from Emunah said that “Camille leads by example” and her achievements included devising Emunah’s Mother and Daughter Trip, the first of its kind, and being the driving force behind the ‘Afula Kids’ committee. She has recruited others to take on lay leadership roles within Emunah and to get involved with fundraising. She takes groups to visit projects in Israel and regularly hosts visiting professionals in her own home.

Earlier this year, Camille led Emunah’s Great Wall of China Trek and her past endeavours include an 80m abseil off the Orbit Tower. Camille also led an Emunah leadership mission to Israel joining women from around the world to explore Emunah’s role in shaping Israeli society – particularly in women’s empowerment and children’s rights.

British Emunah Director Deborah Nathan said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Camille Compton has won this award. She totally deserves to be recognised for her extraordinary commitment to British Emunah and the children and families in Israel whose lives she has changed for the better.”

Deborah also praised the singing group Kol Tov (formerly The Four Sons), who have raised £50k for three charities, Water Aid, Chai Cancer Care and Emunah, with their singing!

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