Maestro Nicola Piovani was treated to a special welcome from the audience of the Conservatory at Save the Dogs’ event on 11 October. The Maestro’s Quintette honoured guests with his biggest successes, while STD was complimented for organising this truly magical evening.

More than 1,000 people participated in the event in favour of “It’s Donkey Time! ”, the first donkey therapy project for disabled children and orphans at the Don Orione centre in Bucharest.

Conservatory Chairperson Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori made his way to the stage before the evening commenced to welcome guests along with our chairperson Sara Turetta and the project’s two Italian partner associations: Fondazione Paideia with Director Fabrizio Serra and Don Roberto Polimeni, Director of the Bucharest centre.
Sara Turetta’s speech reminded us about the great social value of Save the Dogs’ work in Romania and invited all those attending to reflect on the common values which unite associations which may seem dissimilar but whose mission-inspiring principles actually bind them closely. An emotional Don Roberto Polimeni told of little Danut, a hydrocephalic living in the Bucharest centre, who at that very moment was fighting to come round from anaesthetic after an operation. Some days later Save the Dogs was told that Danut had woken up and that on Friday 14 October he had gone back to the Don Orione centre.

The evening flew amid the moving tones of La Vita è Bella, La messa è finita and two pieces composed with Fabrizio De Andrè. Piovani enchanted all those present with his storytelling talents. The Maestro used moments of applause to propose the audience points for reflection.

Dori Ghezzi, Stefano Bartezzaghi, director Egisto Marcucci and many members of Milan’s associations from the Casa della Carità to Bambini in Romania, from Enpa and to Lega del Cane di Ferrara attended the event.

Before the concert began ENPA’s chairperson Carla Rocchi handed Sara Turetta a cheque of 6,000 euros as contribution towards the construction of the new Cernavoda refuge which ENPA wanted to support by sponsoring a whole box. We are still working out how much the evening managed to raise and we will announce the funds collected as soon as possible. We would like to thank both the Animal Rights’ Office of the Province of Milan, which sponsored the concert, and the Fondazione Cariplo for contributing to the organisation of the event.

To see the evening’s photogallery have a look at the album posted on FB. Below you may also find TG3 Regione’s 11 October coverage of the event.

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As we had hoped, 150 people and around 35 quadrupeds decided to accept our challenge and participate in our Summer Lunch Sunday May 29! It was a day full of love, affection and wagging tails. We were happy to have seen so many of our regular supporters and meet new animal lovers. Unfortunately, our second goal of the day was not achieved: the collection of 2,000 euro for the construction of box 42 of the new shelter in Cernavoda. In fact, we stopped short of the amount necessary. We stopped at: 1,697 euro. So for this reason, we have decided to still try and reach the amount with your help! Only 303 euro is needed to be able to affix a plaque in front of box n. 42. The collection has been extended until June 15 to achieve this goal! Whoever wants to help can perform a transfer via PayPal

or use the usual donation method stating reason for payment:“Box 42”.

Thank you to all who participated in our initiative and special thanks to all the volunteers who helped during the day and to the Steam Train Band!

You can view the photo album on Facebook!

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