- In the heart of real life. The Foundation's Initiative
At the Bisoffi Auditorium, a meeting between two Veronese companies active in volunteerism and programmes for youth: the Stella Matutina Onus [Morning Star Nonprofit Association] and the Regina Pacis Foundation
Highlighting solidarity across the region. Partnering with associations that work with people when they are at their most vulnerable. Knowing, and helping others know the value of doing good, the importance of focusing on others, the spiritual side of everyday life.
These are the goals of “In the heart of real life”, a programme produced by the Cattolica Foundation at the Bisoffi Auditorium on 27 June.
The meeting starred two Veronese companies involved in the field of volunteerism and youth: Associazione Stella Matutina Onlus[Morning Star Nonprofit Association] and the Regina Pacis Foundation.
Mauro Bellamoli, Chairman of the former, spoke about work done day-in and day-out by this fraternal organisation, founded in 2005, with operations in a number of different countries. 120-volunteers strong, the organisation tries to combat marginalisation, poverty, exclusion, and discrimination. A pilgrimage to Medjugorje with a group of friends led to a series of projects to be carried out in Italy and abroad. These ranged from schools for children to immigrant reception centres, from salvaging work equipment to the installation of water wells. Stella Matutina has drawn in a growing number of men and women thanks to a simple, straight-forward message: «reach out to your fellow man and try to love him as yourself”».
«First, we have to try to nurture the man or woman inside each of us», emphasised Bellamoli. «Then, we have to focus on structure, building the house. But if we are not able to look deep down, and to understand what the true needs are, we are building little or nothing».
Alessandro Tozzi is on that same exact wavelength. Tozzi is the administrative director of the Regina Pacis Foundation. It was founded in Verona in 1986 through the efforts of Alessandro and Luisa Nottegar, a young couple with three daughters who created a community which today hosts hundreds of young people, and has active missions in Brazil, Hungary, and Bosnia Herzegovina.
Tozzi relayed the history of that community, the passing of Alessandro Nottegar just one month after the project’s foundation, the role of his wife and daughters, and a project that grew to encompass countless young people across the globe.
«Our goal», noted Tozzi, «is helping develop human and spiritual understanding in the next generation, and in families. This is the foundation on which the rest can be built. By looking inside ourselves, and when others do the same, we can grow together, as a community, and as a society».
Adriano Tomba, Secretary General of the Cattolica Foundation, concluded his remarks by reiterating the importance of «a search for meaning in life, as reflected by the experience of these two persons and their associations. As a Foundation, we want to help convey that vision, by joining together the operational side of each day with a spiritual side».