A charity set up in honour of a Jewish girl killed in a terrorist attack in Israel and inspired by her profoundly disabled younger sister has launched a series of children’s awards recognising acts of kindness, courage and achievement.The Malki Foundation, named after 15-year-old Malki Roth, who was killed in the Sbarro Jerusalem bombing in August 2001, made the announcement this week, to mark the charity’s 15-year anniversary.

Organisers say Malki was a promising young musician and “dedicated to bringing happiness and practical support to children with special-needs,” including her severely disabled younger sister Chaya, now 21, who was the inspiration for setting up the charity in the first place.

“The Malki Foundation Awards will find, honour and celebrate those young people in the UK Jewish community who emulate what Malki stood for, doing something extra in their lives to support and encourage others, to make the world a better place,” said a spokesman.

In its search for “the community’s gems,” the Foundation will look for children who have made a difference to the their community, in different categories such as chesed (recognition of outstanding acts of kindness), courage and achievement, whereby children aged between 10 and 18 years have succeeded “against the odds”.

Additionally, there is a self-entered category of original song, music or poetry, composed by the entrant and submitted digitally via video, photo and/or social media.

The awards are media sponsored by Jewish News.

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