The Daffodil Dash is a 5K/1mile run/walk in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in support for children who continue to suffer in the face of humanitarian crises in the world today.
This race is organized by Am Yisrael Chai and the Am Yisrael Chai Teen Initiative, where teens are empowered to remember the past and reach for the future. Your support helps create the worldwide Living Holocaust memorial as we aspire to plant 1.5 million daffodils in memory of the children. Funds raised support Holocaust education and awareness, as well as “Kids for Kids”, "Raising South Sudan", and "Agahozo Shalom", organizations helping children and families in remote villages in Darfur, South Sudan and Rwanda. The race also supports the Atlanta Holocaust Survivor Fund that provides medical, dental and home care for Atlanta survivors.
The purpose of this race is to bring together members of the community with a focus on Remembering the Past and Reaching for the Future by promoting Peace and Tolerance. This race is being organized as part of Genocide Prevention and Awareness month in Georgia.
WHO WE ARE:
Am Yisrael Chai! is a non profit Holocaust Education and Awareness Organization. Each year we host an event in Atlanta, Georgia to commemorate the Holocaust and to celebrate survival and success. Am Yisrael Chai! has developed The Daffodil Project, a world-wide project empowering Holocaust Education.
During the Holocaust, one and a half million children died senselessly in Nazi occupied Europe. No-one knows what kind of lives these children would have gone on to lead. Their potential for growth and fulfillment was cut short. The Daffodil Project aspires to build a worldwide Living Holocaust Memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils to remember the children, and to support children who continue to suffer in humanitarian crises in the world today.
The shape and color of the daffodils represent the Yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. Daffodils represent our poignant hope for the future. They represent renewal of nature after the harshness of winter. They are resilient and return with a burst of color each Spring. The daffodils also honor those who survived the Holocaust and went on to build new lives after this dark and difficult period.
PLANT DAFFODILS IN MEMORY OF OR IN CELEBRATION OF SOMEONE SPECIAL:
We will be planting daffodils in memory of loved ones, in honor of survivors, in celebration of special life events including births, birthdays, graduations, weddings or other meaningful milestones. If you are celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you can participate in the Am Yisrael Chai! Bar or Bat Mitzvah Twinning program. You can twin your Bar or Bat Mitzvah with a child who died during the Holocaust and was never able to celebrate this important milestone. We will provide you with the name and background information and resources to learn more about the Holocaust in a personal way. You can plant daffodils in honor of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah and in memory of your “twin” who will always be remembered through this meaningful project.
LEARN LESSONS FROM THE PAST AND ACT FOR THE FUTURE:
In keeping with the spirit of Am Yisrael Chai and bringing the message of the Holocaust to today’s world, funds raised from this project support Holocaust education and awareness and also support children suffering in humanitarian crises today. Senseless killing, violence, disease and malnutrition are leaving a mark on this generation of children. We cannot stand by in silence.
Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor and famous author of the book “Night” states – “How can a person, whether religious or secular, not be moved by compassion? And above all, how can anyone who remembers remain silent?”
To date, we have planted 390,000 daffodils:
We will continue planting until we have planted 1.5 million daffodils and beyond.