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Saturday 4 March the award ceremony of the international contest “A road called Charity”

16 winners from 7 Countries: the names will be announced during the ceremony, on 4 March 2023 at 4.00 p.m. in Rome, in the General House of the Sisters of Charity. the awards will be presented by the jury president Paolo Ruffini.

10 years of projects alongside young people and their innovative ideas, capable of improving the world.    The Thouret Foundation, an organisation inspired by the missionary enthusiasm of the Sisters of Charity, emerged 10 years ago. On the 4th March, it will be celebrating a big event in Rome:   the award ceremony of the international contest: “A road called Charity”, created with the intention of listening to and collecting the voice of children and youths on the topic of charity and solidarity, through the tools of drawing and photography.

The award ceremony for the works accomplished by the students from the different Countries worldwide, will be held on Saturday 4 March at 4.00 p.m. in the General House of the Sisters of Charity, in via di Santa Maria in Cosmedin, 5 (Underground B, stop at Circo Massimo).

The activities’ programme of Thouret Foundation, is dedicated to them: to the many volunteers, students and creative teachers, who have assumed the commitment, day after day, to spread small seeds in view of a different world, a true world, a world of charity and peace.

Schools from 8 Countries: Argentine, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Lebanon, Malta and Pakistan have participated in the competition, with works in the different sections. The winning names, which will be announced directly in the afternoon of 4 March, were selected by an international jury, chaired by      Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Decastery for communication of the Holy See. This jury is composed of Lia Giovanazzi Beltrami, director and documentary film producer; Biagio Tamarazzo, official photographer of the Technical Services of the Vatican; Glorianda Cipolla, president of Mont Blanc Art Association of Courmayeur; Mónica Rosana Porto, sculptor and ceramist.

«Sometimes we think that communication is only the business of the grown-ups, declares Paolo Ruffini, and that among the grown-ups it concerns one profession above all, journalism in the narrow sense. The Thouret Foundation competition 10 years after its creation tells us that – on the contrary – communication is about everyone. That boys and girls, young men and women, can often see farther and communicate better than the adult generations. And it also tells us of the communicative power of art in building a different road from those paved with distrust and resentment that we often find ourselves on».

During the prize-giving ceremony, all the finalists’ works will be displayed, so that visitors can admire the works of the youths who participated in the initiative, while putting their heart and passion into it.  Various prizes will be available for the winners, thanks also to the technical support of   F.I.L.A. – Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini and Edizioni Paoline. Try not to miss such an event, which will combine music, dance and traditions, such as those of the “Bhangra Brothers”, young persons from Punjab, who will present during the ceremony the sounds, the colours and the liveliness of their culture and their Country.  The 10th anniversary celebrations will close with a concert by the youth choirWith Us” of Rome under the direction of Maestra Camilla Di Lorenzo.

It will be possible to follow the direct streaming on YouTube @fondazionethouret.