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TFN Inspires in Italy

We are proud to have supported the first TFN event in Ivrea, Italy. Located in the Canavese region, Ivrea is the home of Olivetti, the company which built the first personal computer back in 1964. It was wonderful to visit the former factory and learn about Adriano Olivetti’s inspiring commitment to providing his workers with good housing, social support, access to the arts, culture and healthcare, while we were in town for the event on 27 September. 

The event was held at the headquarters of the Association of Industries and featured three terrific initiatives including a health project in Kenya supporting sufferers of leprosy, a road safety project for young drivers and a mentorship programme for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, which in total raised well in excess of €11,000. Hearing one of the volunteer doctors talk about her first shocking experience of treating a very young child with leprosy when she travelled to Kenya was one of the most moving testimonies I have ever heard at a TFN event (and thank you to the brilliant translators who volunteered to provide simultaneous translation at the event). 

Congratulations and thank you to the wonderful and brave Vittoria Burton, leader of the Community Foundation of Canavese who was the driving force behind the event and to all those who supported her. We hope to help other Italian community foundations, a number of whom attended the event in Ivrea, with similarly successful events in the future. 

Eugenie Harvey, TFN International Director

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