Goodwill Hopes Unabridged Encounters

 

Repost Feb 2, 2017  to commemorate Cristoforetti’s appointment as Unicef Italy Goodwill Ambassador, and her consolidated international recognition for being an inspiring example of international cooperation. Cristoforetti has visited refugee camps in the Mediterranean . Known for its tropical-like waters, laid-back life style and friendly hospitality, the area has become the final frontier for refugees women, moms and children, young men who are escaping from unsafe and uncertain environments and wars in Africa.   [read more Source: humanitarian news reports]

Originally post: Rome, December 21, 2015.  A cozy Christmas atmosphere on occasion of the Winter Solstice night at the Olympic stadium. The spirit of ancient roman arts lives and thrives in modern designs: Unicef-Italy‘s President appoints ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Unicef-Italy Goodwill Ambassador.

Cristoforetti, who fluently communicates in five languages (Italian, English, French, German, Russian, and is studying Chinese) has been nominated among the influential Women of 2015. She holds the rank of Italian Air Force Captain, is the first Italian female astronaut, the only Esa female astronaut in Europe in active status, world record of permanence in space for a female astronaut on a single mission, 200 days. In 2015,  shortly after her return from the International Space Station, before starting her months-long international post-flight tour,  Cristoforetti is awarded  by Italy’s President, Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (the highest ranking honor and most senior order of the Republic of Italy).

Despite her remarkable achievements, Cristoforetti conveys messages that go beyond personal successes, geographical and cultural boundaries.

 

 

In the Olympic stadium a large crowd has gathered to support Unicef Italy fundraising event: “The Champions Match”, a friendly football match played among the most relevant personalities of the Italian show business, world renowned Italian sports athlets and football champions. An event beautifully organized down to the smallest detail as part of Unicef-Italy fundraising campaign aimed at helping children living in war zones, children facing difficulties and living in unsafe environments,  around the world.

First in on the green field is Italian Air Force music band. The music announces Unicef_Italy President and Cristoforetti’s stage entrance. While they walk to the center, the solemnity of the ceremony, strangely, feels familiar:  press and supporters flashes unfold along the shape of Rome’s prestigious landmark; under the chilly night sky lit by the moonlight, people’s breaths swirls rise in the air . The moment has come, announces the speaker: Unicef_Italy President presents Samantha Cristoforetti with  the humanitarian award for her work as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador. Cristoforetti joins the teams in the field and is in charge of the first symbolical ball kick: start, and the game begins while the stadium lights up among encouraging applauses.

To symbolize the spirit of national unity and the cultural values that Italy promotes abroad, children, young sports-men and women, traditional folkloristic groups from different regions of Italy delight the public with their colorful historical costumes, and displaying their abilities as artists. The sound of drums, flutes, trumpets convey the universal message of unity that music promotes, which Unicef-Italy Director General welcomes with enthusiasm.

A meaningful event,  a celebration of the work that Unicef Italy undertakes on a daily basis and of  the international recognition of its Ambassadors’ prestige: a cooperation thanks to which many more children around the world receive protection and safety for their future.

 

 

Credit llt: post header watercolor ‘beach and harbor scene’

 

 

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