Dear Famee Furlane members, friends and supporters,
I take advantage of this space to report on the results of the Earthquake Fundraiser.
I was thrilled to be invited to San Benedetto del Tronto on December 22nd, to be part of the ceremony organized by Omnibus Omnes which delivered scholarships to the young students of Arquata del Tronto.
I felt it was so important to represent Famee Furlane and all of you, but at the same time it was an opportunity to understand how these people are doing after one year from the Earthquake. It has to be noted that the ceremony was held in San Benedetto del Tronto because the town of Arquata is completely destroyed, therefore they did not have adequate facilities to host this event.
Once I got there, I found out that our donation as well as donations from other supporters of Omnibus Omnes allowed them to deliver about 20 scholarships for students from JK to High School, a donation to a new family, a donation to two cute twins born in 2017 and finally a donation to a young lady who established her business in Arquata.
I had the honour of handing out scholarships to two girls, Giorgia and Ambra, who are in Elementary School, and I will never forget their excitement as well as the gratitude of their parents. Their happiness was my happiness, and I believe yours as well. Our club decided to partner with Omnibus Omnes and their initiative because we strongly believe that in situations like these, the rebuilding process has to start in the hearts of the victims. As I said in my speech in San Benedetto, these kids are the future of Arquata and they have to be supported and encouraged.
Among the receivers of the scholarships there was also a family who had recently moved to Arquata from…Friuli! It was interesting to hear their story but what I noticed in them, and in all the community at large, was their will to carry on and rebuild with a smile on their face and lots of hope in their heart. I found myself receiving so much love, appreciation, energy and strength from those who lost everything.
I will never forget their gratitude and I hope I can transfer these feelings to you as this is the result of your effort and generosity!
This experience also allowed me to ask about how the situation in Arquata del Tronto is. Even though there are lots of families who have moved to prefabs (“le casette”, as we call them in Italy), many of them are still temporarily “living” in other structures. At the same time, also businesses are slowly starting to get back on track, but there is still lots of work that needs to be done. We Furlans, experiencing first hand the destructive power of the earthquake in 1976, know very well that places and people take years to rebuild after such tragedy. But if there is one request that the entire community asked us is to not be forgotten.
For this reason I encourage you to continue supporting Omnibus Omnes. It is a very diligent and wonderful non-profit organization who is doing so much to help their community. Continued donations can be done and you can find all information by browsing their website (http://www.omnibusomnes.org/)
Again I thank you very much for your generosity and support in this wonderful cause,
Monica De Paoli, Board Memeber of the Famee Furlane of Hamilton.
Pictures: courtesy of Raffaella Milandri and Omnibus Omnes
Article: courtesy of Corriere Adriatico
More articles: http://www.ilmascalzone.it/2017/12/fondi-e-borse-di-studio-una-piccola-festa-dedicata-ad-arquata-dalla-omnibus/