Rio medalist donates Olympic ID to charity auction
Judoka Yarden Gerbi wants to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
While the Olympics may have ended, its spirit of true sportsmanship lives on.
Take, for example, Yarden Gerbi, who returned home to her native Israel after winning a bronze medal for judo at the Rio Olympics. She follows in a long line of female Olympians as well as fellow Israelis who have won medals.
In a Facebook post this week, Gerbi announced that she would be auctioning off her official Olympic ID badge for charity. The 27-year-old is hoping to raise funds to help fight pediatric cancer. She will donate the monies raised to purchase medical equipment for the children's oncology ward of Ichilov Hospital in the coastal city of Tel Aviv.
This is not the first time Gerbi has done something like this. Three years ago, when she won the gold medal at the 2013 World Judo Championships, she supported the same hospital by auctioning off her athlete's badge. She was introduced to the cause by Dr. Jacob Bickels, the hospital's head of oncological orthopedics.
"When I visited the ward with Dr. Bickels I met amazing kids who are heroes, doing their best to fight and keep high spirits," Gerbi wrote in her Facebook post. "I recently found out that Liran Or, a sweet and loving girl with whom I was in contact with, had passed away. That's the reason I decided to donate to the same ward."
Gerbi is not alone in her Olympic-sized philanthropy. Polish discus athlete Piotr Małachowski, who won a silver medal in Rio, is auctioning off his medal to help a 2-year-old battling eye cancer in Poland receive medical treatments in New York. Anthony Ervin, an American swimmer who won gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, auctioned his medal on eBay and received $17,101. He donated the funds to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. These are just a few recent examples.
Want to bid on Gerbi's Olympic bib? Check out the official auction listing on eBay. But don't wait too long. The bidding ends on Monday, Aug. 29.
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