In October 2014, Walter Belli suffered a serious biking accident in Austria, leaving him paralysed from the neck down.
He is currently undergoing an intensive rehabilitation and treatment programme in Imola (Italy) and requires 24-7 care, as well as specialist equipment such as an assisted bed, bed lift and wheelchair.
Gerard Opel travelled to Rome earlier this month for the final Welsh and Italian match of the Six Nations 2015. Taking place on 21st March at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, Wales went on to beat Italy 20-61. (Bad luck Italy, but a much needed big win for Wales)
Before the match Gerard did a spot of reporting for Rai News…
Welsh-Italian Michela Chiappa presents a two part documentary for BBC Wales. Follow Michela as she delves into the Welsh-Italian community and shares how we maintain our Italian roots while living in Wales. Keep your eye out for familiar places and faces!
Articles / Charity / Updates
The AVC do not just organise events for the Welsh Italian community, we also strive to help worthy charities. We recently came across a list of who has received contributions from us over the past 26 years. Thank you to all who come to our events to make these donations possible.
Charity / Galleries
The Amici Val Ceno have in the past donated to an African School Project. This week we received an update from them and below are photos of their progress. We intend to further support them in the future.
“Salve Sig. Paul.
Mi chiamo Tabanelli Paola, sto per iniziare un progetto di ricerca della Fondazione Migrantes sugli italiani all’estero. In particolare, la ricerca riguarda soggetti di età compresa tra i 25 ed i 35 anni provenienti dall’Emilia Romagna o ex-studenti dell’università di Bologna emigrati all’estero per motivi di studio o negli anni appena successivi alla laurea.
Laura Basini-Gazzi and four other Portsmouth University pharmacy students will cycle from London to Paris to raise money for Venindre Hospital.
Laura tells us that Velindre were fantastic to her mother Lucia and cared for her for many years.
The distance is 400 km and they will do it over three days , leaving London 28 September.
Achievements / Events
From Jam with RoBina:
So, WE’VE MADE IT TO LONDON!!!!!
Back in April this year we played the first round of an international battle of the bands competition. 4 gigs later we are faced with the exhilarating reality of playing in London, competing against the top unsigned artists in the UK and Europe.
Research / Television
A number of you have been in touch with the programme makers, Barn Media, which is great, but they’re still looking for more people to be involved. If you fit any of the following, or you know someone who does, get in touch!
Keep Wales Tidy is fantastic charity that supports thousands of volunteers across Wales to improve the local environment for all of us to enjoy. KWT Projects Director Louise Tambini, would like to make a plea to all Italian cafe and fish shop owners, to try and encourage them to donate the proceeds of the single use carrier bag charge to Keep Wales Tidy so they can continue to give out grants to groups across Wales.