The Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation holds its 10th anniversary celebration and 2018 annual meeting
A report from the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation.
The Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation has been established for 10 years since its formal registration in 2008. The members of foundation’s board of directors has developed from 8 to more than 200, including 34 Italian celebrities in various fields. Adhering to the three objectives of "enhancing international friendship, promoting the reunification of the motherland and developing the children's cause", the foundation has achieved remarkable results and won a good reputation at home and abroad since its establishment.
On the evening of February 20, the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation held its 2018 annual meeting and its 10th anniversary celebration at the famous villa Sublime in Rome. Attended the event were more than 100 people including Wu Dongmei, the Chinese Embassy counsellor in Italy, Ms. Golfo, president of Italian Bellisario Foundation, and representatives from the Italian government and Rome City government and Zhu Yuhua, honorary chairman of the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation, representatives of the overseas Chinese groups in Rome and the Chinese-Italian businessmen.
In the warm applause, Ms. Lucia King, chairman of the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation, introduced the foundation's 10-year work since its establishment. She said the foundation aims to inherit and carry forward Soong Ching Ling's lifelong efforts to the unfinished causes of promoting international friendship, maintaining world peace, developing cross-strait exchanges, promoting reunification of the motherland, paying great attention to the future of the nation and nurturing the children. Over the past 10 years, the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation has gained a foothold in Italy and given full play to its local advantages and made its due contribution to the construction and development of its ancestral country.
The foundation hosted the International Children's Cultural festival and summer camps in Rome and Venice where more than 600 children from around the world staged wonderful performances, attracting more than 3,000 Italian audiences; in order to better promote Chinese culture abroad, the Foundation initiated and assisted the Italian Youth Association in organizing an Italian Chinese dragon boat team which achieved good results in all kinds of competitions; during the Milan World Expo, entrusted by Shanghai Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and China Shanghai Style Cheongsam Association, the Foundation organized the Chinese Women's Cheongsam display to cheer the Chinese pavilion on the day of China, and they were met and praised by Wang Yang, Vice premier of China, who was visiting Italy; and held charity auction of “Love will keep us together " at the Milan Expo with Shanghai Baosteel Group; Hosted the fourth session of the global Soong Ching Ling Foundation Chairperson Forum which was attended by 49 representatives from 18 countries in the world.
Lucia King said that the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation also sponsored a variety of Sino-Italian cultural exchange activities, such as Italy's Chinese Culture Year, "Charm of Beijing" and cultural promotion activities. In the event of natural disasters hit in China and Italy, the foundation actively donated money and goods, organized Chinese people living in Rome donated blood without compensation, and donated clothing and food to the Italian Red Cross and Sant’ Egidio refugee charities.
She said that China's initiative of "the Belt and Road” has fully demonstrated the beautiful blueprint of peaceful development, mutual benefit and win-win" between the Chinese people and people in the world. In the New Year, the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation will be guided by the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress, strengthen exchanges and cooperation with the overseas Chinese groups in Italy, better carry forward Soong Ching Ling's loving spirit and actively carry out charitable work for the benefit of the people.
Wu Dongmei in a speech on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Italy presented festival greetings to the guests, fully affirmed the work of the Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation and wished the foundation to make greater progress in the New Year.
The Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation invited Michelin star chef Angelo Troiani to serve the guests with a sumptuous feast. During the banquet, happy lucky draw, sponsored by China Southern Airlines and the Italian Fidenza village outlet, pushed the atmosphere of the dinner party to a climax.
Italian Soong Ching Ling Foundation Chairperson Lucia King gave a speech
Lucia King introduces the Italian guests at the party
The meeting scene