Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Primavera event gives children in need reason to smile


(By Alina Trabattoni)
Rome, June 25 - The 10th annual Associazione
Benefica Festa di Primavera dinner and charity auction is to be
held on June 26 in the glamorous setting of the historic Villa
Miani in central Rome, with all funds being raised dedicated to
two important initiatives taking place in India and in Iraq to
help alleviate the suffering of women and children.
It is the 10th straight year the charity auction is being
organized by the three founding members, Federica Di Stefano
Zichichi, Isabella Tonini and Maria Gabriella Vismara Curr, and
comes after 12 months of hard work carried out to identify the
projects the auction intends to support this year, as well as
research into their validity and importance in terms of social
The motivation behind the event is tied to the objective
of contributing and offering the opportunity and the possibility
of a better life to those with difficulty, to those without
hope, to whom hope has been denied, according to a press
This is a real grassroots initiative, the brainchild of
three ladies that have been very actively involved in charity
work for the past 10 years, said Arturo Bernardini, a spokesman
for the event.
They realized they were among the lucky ones in life, and
wanted to give something back.
Past initiatives have involved fund-raising for child
protection agency Telefono Azzurro, the building of a school in
Dawhan in Ethiopia, funds for Bambino Gesu children's hospital
and Sant'Andrea hospital.
The wonderful thing is that everything in this charity
event, from the first to the last item, is based on volunteer
From the ice cream to the wine for the dinner, to the
prizes, they are all donated, said Bernardini.
This means that of what is raised, almost 98% goes straight
to the charities instead of paying for a series of costs tied to
the organization of the evening.
The Festa di Primavera (Spring Festivity) this year will
raise funds for the Canossiana Foundation, in favour of the
Women's Empowerment for New Development project the institution
is currently carrying out in Andhara Pradesh, India.
The message our work seeks to transmit is tied to the heart
of our institution: we try and help people that don't have
access to the material and spiritual support needed to become a
protagonist in their own lives, said Sister Liliana, of the
Canossiana Foundation in an interview.
We try and create the conditions for the people we help to
manage their own lives with dignity.
It will also raise funds for the Emergenza Sorrisi -
Doctors for Smiling Children, a non-governmental organization
founded and run by volunteer doctors who have dedicated their
lives to giving back hope and a smile to children suffering from
grave malformations and other pathologies, as well as war
The focus at the charity auction will be on its Smiles in
Iraq project, which will fund some 40 surgeries for children at
the Nassiriya Teaching Hospital.
The Canossian Foundation was founded in 2004 in Rome, and
is promoted by the Canossian Daughters of Charity religious
order to assist the poorest of the poor, using the art of
solidarity in all the countries in which it operates, according
to its website.
The foundation is currently present on all five continents,
operating in 35 countries, and is made up of 348 Canossian
communities run by some 3,000 Sisters, as well as lay people,
volunteers and ex-pupils.
It is based on the teachings and works of Magdalene of
Canossa, who was born in Veronaand.
She launched the Canossian Institute in 1808, gathering
together the poorest girls in St. Joseph's monastery.
She died in 1835 and was proclaimed a saint by the Catholic
Church on 1988.
Emergency Smiles works towards returning a smile and the
hope of a better life for children suffering from cleft lip and
palate, malformations of the face, burns, trauma, cancer,
orthopaedic and eye diseases, according to its website.

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