Israeli Judoka Auctioning Championship Patch to Help Cancer-stricken Kids

Yarden Gerbi, the first Israeli to win gold at the Judo World Championships, is selling the patch she wore for charity.

AFP

Yarden Gerbi, the first Israeli to win a gold medal at the Judo World Championships, is auctioning a patch she wore when she claimed the title to help children with cancer.

Gerbi, a Netanya native, clinched the judo world title in Rio de Janeiro last year when she defeated France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou, the European champion, to take the under-63 kilo category.

The red patch she wore on her back is being auctioned on eBay, and the proceeds will go to cancer-stricken children at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital), according to Inside the Games, a sports website.

Gerbi said the patch will come with a dedication and her signature. "I will donate the money to the Children's Ward at Ichilov Hospital," she wrote on the eBay auction page. "Let's help these kids become champions too!"

After 48 bids, the high bid for the patch stands at $1,501.