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Israeli Judoka Raised Over $50,000 for Charity

Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, a bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics, raised $52,100 for charity when she auctioned her Olympic which appeared on the back of her Olympic uniform during her historic medal run on ebay.

Twenty-two individuals placed 87 bids for the autographed nametag during the weeklong auction on eBay that closed Monday. The buyer has thus far remained anonymous but Gerbi thanked him on her Facebook page and wrote that she will post his name if he wants later.

The proceeds will be donated to the Dana Children’s Hospital of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center to be used to purchase medical equipment to help fight against cancer.

Gerbi thanked the unnamed benefactor on her Facebook page, writing that the money will “go to these amazing kids. Thank you very much to the donor, who will receive the nametag with my personal signature. If he wants, I will post his name later on.”

She added, “I fight on the judo mat, but in visiting the children's ward I've met true heroes, who fight every day.”

The Israeli Olympian ended her post by wishing good health to all children fighting cancer.


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