Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, I am a 22-year-old who could be described as ambitious, hardworking, and a perfectionist. I enjoy being challenged with new tasks, as I believe discomfort allows one to grow and learn. I enjoy teamwork, but I am also capable of working on my own. I believe that communication is an important aspect of any relationship, especially professional ones, as it doesn’t leave any room for errors or misunderstandings. Therefore, I pride myself on being a skilled communicator. I am organised, goal-driven, and I find it very hard to set a task down once I have started. I may not have the most extroverted personality, but I do enjoy socialising with others in any setting. I recently graduated with a BA in English and Communication Science. While completing my degree, I worked as an editorial intern at Highbury Media, where I gained first-hand experience in editing, publishing, and social media management. I was also able to sharpen my writing skills, which came in handy as I went on to work as a freelance writer for ClubX Magazine for over a year. Even though I do not have years of experience behind me, I am, however, eager to learn. And a fresh mind is always a benefit. When it comes to my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and painting. I am also currently learning Italian and intend on tackling many other foreign languages.
I am a God fearing individual, and I’m also a father to two beautiful kids, a boy and a girl. I worked for Tekkie Town as a Sales Assistant and I was chosen as the best Sales person for the entire Mpumalanga province. I also worked for the Department of agriculture as a Data capture. I have a passion for sports, football is one of my favourites and one day I wish I can own a soccer team. While I was in high school, I always wanted to be a lawyer but due to financial constraints I could not become one. My interest in the justice system came when I realised that the late former president Mr Nelson Mandela was also a lawyer representing his people. I wish one day I could give back to my community and its people because my community gave us the likes of the late Steve Bantu Biko, one of the BCM Members who fought for the people of South Africa. My community is one of the underdeveloped communities of this country, but I know that one day all of this will change because I know that with education anything is possible. When a child is educated communities will change for the better and if one community changes, then our country will change for the better as well and poverty will be no more. Education topped with one’s perseverance is the key to a bright future for all. With this pandemic people have lost their jobs and in some households you find that no one is working and people resort to drugs and alcohol, some get depressed to a point of taking their own lives. If we can start developing jobs for people, our continent would become a better place for us all. Being part of an initiative that supports the empowerment of those less privileged is one of my greatest wishes. I will be glad if all my wishes do come through because nothing is as important as education and hard work, and an educated country means a better world for us all.
All Within My Hands is dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. All Within My Hands is a non-profit, philanthropic organization created by the members and management of Metallica, dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. Workforce Education. The 2021-2022 school year marks the third year of the Metallica Scholars Initiative. Together with our partners at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), we have grown from 10 schools to 23 across the United States, supporting a variety of career and technical education programs through a total of $4.1 million in grants. The Fight Against Hunger. One in nine people in America is food insecure. While Metallica has made supporting local food banks a priority for years, the creation of AWMH and our partnership with Feeding America has enabled us to take that giving to the next level. Food banks are the main focus of our Day of Service and Month of Giving events and are also the primary recipients of funds raised through ticket sales while the band is on tour around the world. Critical Local Services. From natural disasters like wildfires, hurricanes, and earthquakes to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the need for disaster relief comes in many forms. To maximize our impact, we have partnered with Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Direct Relief's established international network allows them to act quickly and efficiently to provide funding and resources needed in an emergency. Our Signature Events The Metallica Family of fans is a passionate group and the core of our supporter base. They donate across platforms at an average of $66 per gift, contributing on our website, Facebook, Instagram, auction page, Metallica's YouTube Channel, and beyond. But nothing gets fans more engaged than a benefit concert! The Helping Hands Concert & Auction. Whether taking the stage at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco - a more intimate venue than the band is typically known to play - or streaming live from HQ straight into living rooms around the globe, a unique Metallica concert makes for one hell of a fundraiser! 2018 was our inaugural benefit concert, and wow, what a night! Between tickets sales from the packed house and competitive bids in the accompanying auction, we raised over $1.3 million. The night would not have been possible without the generous contributions from our sponsors, the support of Cage the Elephant - who opened the show with their own acoustic set, or our dedicated AWMH donors and Metallica fans. We intended to host another in-person benefit in 2020, but COVID-19 had other plans. Rather than shut down the production, we pivoted to create an event unlike anything Metallica had attempted before. Not only was this the band's first-ever worldwide, pay-per-view livestream, but our sponsors enabled us to take advantage of cutting-edge technology that brought fans into the room with the band! The appearance of fans on the walls surrounding the performance wasn't just for show; James, Lars, Kirk, and Robert were able to call out fans and have conversations with them in real-time! In addition to this being a connection we'd been craving throughout the pandemic, Helping Hands again raised $1.3 million. Day Of Service. When we launched AWMH, we envisioned a future where Metallica fans would activate in droves to give back. After only a year and a half, we saw our dreams come to fruition. In May of 2018, we hosted our first Day of Service with help from our partners at Feeding America. All four band members spent time at a local food bank in their communities, and their efforts were amplified by over 1,000 dedicated fans doing the same! Just one year later, in May of 2019, our volunteer count tripled to over 3,000 participants across the country! We are continually inspired by the selfless, important work food banks around the world do day in and day out, and we can't wait to safely reinstate our Day of Service as our trademark annual volunteering event. Month Of Giving. COVID-19 necessitated a change in our Day of Service plans. With health and safety as a priority, we knew we needed to get creative to continue our tradition of a large-scale fundraising event during the month of May. From that need, the Month of Giving was born. In 2020, we focused our efforts on organizations helping people on the front lines of the pandemic, highlighting a new recipient every week. The event culminated in $200,000 raised to further our support of Feeding America, Direct Relief, Live Nation's Crew Nation initiative, and the USBG Charity Foundation's Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Metallica Mondays. At the very beginning of the COVID-mandated shelter in place, we found ourselves missing live music and wanting to create something to bring a little joy to our community. That desire birthed a 23-week concert streaming series entitled #MetallicaMondays, featuring shows that had been performed in 13 different countries. The series amassed 18 million views from Metallica fans around the world. And while the shows were free to watch, the band included an optional fundraiser with each video to benefit AWMH. And aren't we glad they did?! The #MetallicaMondays series raised over $100,000 for the Foundation, enabling us to continue our COVID relief donations. While we could not be more excited about what All Within My Hands has accomplished since 2017, we know there is much more work to be done, and we're here to do it.
I am Alonzo Van Aarde, born on 9th July 2002. I was raised in Cape Town, South Africa, I am the oldest son out of 6 children, Recently (last year 2020) I have matriculated in my hometown, Mitchell’s plain. I never quite had a fixed job but I have had my fair share of holiday jobs in a shoe store it was called first stop shoes in a shopping complex close to home. In my free time I would work private jobs with my father and doing shop fitting and house renovations all over Cape Town. I loved helping my father out. It was also a way for me to have extra pocket money. I also worked at a Taylor blinds company, whereby the production of blinds called Taylor blinds in Montague gardens. I took part in various programs whilst at school, namely, in leadership development skills with a NPO called M.O.V.E and another called J.A.M, where I was taught to run my own business. This was done during my schooling, I have obtained certificates for these courses. These two courses was done over a period of 12 months, I was also an RCL members as well as a Prefect at my school. I am also part of a group called M.O.C (mission of Christ), where I furthered my leadership skills but in a more spiritual sense in doing so we take part in outreach programs and preach the gospel. I speak fluently English and Afrikaans. I am currently studying Japanese, because I am intrigued by it. I am computer literate, Microsoft enabled as well as Linux. I am also a musician. In my spare time, I teach people to play an instrument and also to read music. I also write my own music as well as produce music. I use this skill to help many young and upcoming artists I work with an Organization called My Child Is Your Child, Creating a platform where young people can showcase their talents and make something out of themselves. I live in a rough community where children are killing children and I’ve joined this organization to make a change in a community through various forms of art. My hobbies are, playing different sporting activities, going to the gym, writing music and drawing portraits.
I board people’s family pets for prolonged stays, preferably to ease the stress of worrying about their pets in cages. I have been doing the boarding for almost a year now and have a repeat doggo whom I love very much and his month stay is always a blessing. I fostered puppies and cats for shelters, and they’ve all been adopted, I rescued a Staffordshire terrier from an outreach with a friend and healed him from the horrible mange he had, and he got adopted by someone who flew from JHB and drove back up, and now he lives the king life he deserves.
I am a Zambian born, comes from a family of 8 and the youngest of the Mwila’s. My siblings always thought I was spoilt because I was the youngest, but I don’t think so! I was born in a town called Mufulira on the Copper belt side of Zambia in 1981,the Copper belt province is rich with mineral finds and Mines, hence the name. I am Married to Eric and we have a beautiful daughter called Chanda, she is 15 years. I completed my matric in 1999 and my mother advised me to study food production since I loved cooking, I did it for her though it was a course that I never dreamt of studying. I graduated successfully and worked for 2 years as a chef, got tired of cooking, I dodged that career and went into studying computers, worked as a receptionist and studied Human resources at the same time and obtained a diploma. I worked for a courier company as a Human Resources assistant. In 2012, I moved to South Africa, Cape Town when I got married, joined a Mobile Money company called Zoona with operations in Zambia, and I worked there for 5 years as a support agent. Zoona is an African Fintech company founded in 2009 with the vision of helping communities thrive. Since launching, it created over 2,500 jobs in Zambia and Malawi, empowered over 1,000 entrepreneurs to start their own business and allowed them to reach earnings of over $10 million. I enjoyed working for this company because we really helped girl child prevail. Apart from the above, I am a lover of interior designing, and my wish is to have one of the most successful Interior business one day, through my passion for interior, I designed my sister’s Kitchen area, how amazing!!! I love cooking and baking (especially Cake pops), they are my favorites!!! I love adventure, gardening and working out too, I am a gym freak. Most importantly, I love spending time with my loved ones. I reflect a varied personality, including ambition, and the qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness. I am also a well determined and vigorous individual, and yet calm. I encourage fighting for what you desire and believe in and doing it through God because nothing great comes easy. I believe mindfulness in the workplace is key to success. Having worked in Customer care I have gained extensive experience in; Empathy, Adaptability, Ability to Use Positive Language, Clear Communication Skills, Self-Control, Taking Responsibility and Patience.
AYSO - American Youth Soccer Organization is a nonprofit and the oldest national youth soccer program in the United States. Beginning with only nine teams by a handful of soccer enthusiasts, AYSO was established in 1964 out of a garage in Torrance, California, in an effort to ensure that American kids have the opportunity to be introduced to the beautiful game of soccer. More than 50 years later, AYSO now has thriving programs for kids and adults in nearly 900 communities all over the country – and internationally in the Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago – over eight million AYSO alumni, and a name that’s recognized nationwide. AYSO runs on volunteer power This means registered volunteers run the local AYSO programs all over the country. Additionally, our National Board of Directors, National President, as well as every coach, referee, and Regional Commissioner – the list goes on – is a volunteer. Due to the thousands of volunteers throughout the U.S. donating their time every season, AYSO is as successful and far-reaching as it is today. AYSO’s Six Philosophies are principles that separate AYSO from other sports organizations. These tenets were created to provide a positive, fair and fun soccer experience for all our players. AYSO’s goal is for kids and adults to play soccer, so they mandate that every player on every team must play at least 50 percent of every game. Each year, they form new teams as evenly balanced as possible, providing a stronger learning experience for teams as they play teams comprised of similar ability. It also allows for each player to experience playing with a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels. If you want to play soccer, AYSO welcomes you and gives all youth and adults the opportunity to register and play. A coach can be one of the most influential people in a player’s life, so AYSO requires they create a positive experience for every player in AYSO. Additionally, encouraging player’s effort leads to greater enjoyment, improved skills and stronger motivation in players. They strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and their programs are designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO. All players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, to maximize their enjoyment of the game.
Doing good is at the heart of Better World Books, with their customers making it all possible. The founders believed that something should be done to rescue discarded books and help the planet a bit in the process, thus, set about partnering with librarians all across the country. Not only could they rescue books from landfills, they could also sell those books and raise money for the libraries themselves. Environmental and social impact all in the same story. Here are some of the ways customers enable Better World Books to make a difference one book at a time. It’s simple: Every time you purchase a book from BetterWorldBooks.com, they donate a book to someone in need. The books they donate go through hundreds of non-profit organizations – you can see them on their Impact Map. In particular, Books for Africa and Feed the Children partner with them to take large numbers of donated books and get them to people who need them. Books donated as of June 2018: 26 million. Better World Books brings new life to used books ensuring each book continues to make an impact. As part of their commitment to environmental sustainability, they never, ever throw away a book. Any book they cannot find a proper home for is recycled. They have re-used or recycled over 300 million books. They have reclaimed more than 900,000 pounds of metal shelving from libraries across the United States. Every order at BetterWorldBooks.com has the option to be shipped carbon balanced for just a few cents extra. So far, they have reached 87,000 tons of carbon offsets on BetterWorldBooks.com shipping. They firmly believe in the power of knowledge. Their goal is to help those who supply it and share it with those who crave it. Which is why every action they take, and every book purchase you make helps fund it. To date, they have raised millions of dollars for literacy, saved millions of books from landfills, created jobs for hundreds of people, and provided wonderful books to millions of readers worldwide. The rest of the story is still being written, and they invite you to join them on their journey. It’s only going to get better!
Born and bred in beautiful Cape Town, mom to a long-awaited, witty, (inherited from me of course!), amazing, lively little 5-year-old girl, 2 dogs and 2 cats, 'my rescue children'. Married to Tomy, a senior digital content producer hailing from Tennenbronn, Germany. He is as introvert as I am extrovert – the scale balances beautifully. In my spare time (which is limited!) I sketch, paint, and try my hand at baking, while completing a mini-thesis in psychology. University after high school was not an option. I am also a seasoned HR professional, with a passion for people and process, building and maintaining great relationships form the foundation of both who I am, and what I do. And it’s a solid foundation. Hailing from the Pharmaceutical industry, I entered the world of investments about 14 years ago, where after joining as Office Manager, I moved into HR and have been in the HR sphere since. My journey has taken me on many a bumpy road, however, being a glass-half-full type, seasoned by an interesting childhood, and a solid determination to rise above, I march smilingly on. I have a passion for order, automation and software which could aid in optimization, easing transitions and processes. I am resilient with great sense of humour, always welcoming a challenge. I have a firm belief that building and nurturing relationships are paramount to success. I love meeting people and building relationships come naturally to me. I believe it’s the level of connection that counts. I am passionate about my work, I love what I do, and I do it well. I believe that doing what you love is a privilege. Yet, I still long for something more philanthropic in life. To give back, be it ever so small. Being an eternal optimist and peppered with life’s-experiences, I have been shaped into the person I am today. Pragmatic, passionate, and humble. An enormous amount of grit coupled a with good dose of grace! I am not done growing yet, not by a long shot, there are too many interesting, inspiring people to meet along the way, and there is always something to learn and something to contribute in life. It’s the journey that counts and I enjoy every step.
Taking our past into the future with Carolina Reviglio! Carolina enjoyed a carefree childhood in the Piedmont countryside. With many cousins and friends, the passion for culture was instilled from an early age. Surrounded by beauty and art in the family mansion Cimena, expertly curated by her grandmother namesake, Carolina. On the paternal side of the family, her Venetian grandmother was equally influential. The unique character and rich culture of Venice, epitomizes Carolina. While travelling often, she feels most at home, in the isles of Venice. Schooled in Italy and the United States, lived in provinces throughout the length of Italy, Carolina considers herself truly Italian, with an international vision. “My country is rich in heritage, but poor in the pocket to keep it so. It saddens me to see so many buildings in a state of disrepair.” She has honed the skills of renovation and interiors of historic buildings, since 1987. Learning by trial and error, spurned on by failure and ultimate success, Carolina has grown and prospered. Now is the time to give back. Helping artisans of all disciplines to find work and ply their trade with pride. Matching projects to professionals and vice versa. As Heritage Doyenne, Carolina’s primary contribution to this unique initiative, is to encourage the participation of Heritage Ambassadors. This cause is yet another open avenue, to take our past into the future. By intertwining culture and heritage, to create more synergy. “Only once we fully understand where we come from… and truly appreciate our heritage… can we imagine a fabulous future filled with the richness of our past. Life is ours to design!” ~ Carolina Reviglio
I am a 28-year-old woman who is passionate about youth work in communities across South Africa. I have volunteered my time with NGO’s specifically tailored for the youth in Cape Town, Port Shepstone and East London. I believe that the youth are capable of great things in our country and the entire world, I take great pride in mentoring young girls to believe the above-mentioned statement and to push themselves to get to their goals. The concept of hard work is simply lost in the generation of instant gratification and I believe that every person needs to learn this, starting from a young age. I have dedicated my time to schools as a sports coach, tutor and during Holiday Clubs that teach children ages 12-18 about life skills and the potential that they have. I am family oriented and believe in working hard in all areas of my life. I think of myself as an intelligent and super energetic being, I love all things that make me laugh and I am a super fun person. I am a wife and mom who is devoted and loves her family very much. I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Theology and look forward to working towards a Master’s specializing in Pastoral Care/Social work. My skills range from retail, online teaching and proofreading and editing, and I put my all in what I do. I do not believe in taking shortcuts and giving up when the going gets tough, trying and trying again is an attitude that I have taken a liking to and I pour my all in every project that I am involved in. I am a firm believer in serving others and I do that with no motives, other than to be a memory in their lives that brought hope and a new determination. That is who I am and what I stand for, to be a part of something that makes others lives better and gives them the ability to believe in themselves.
Rome wasn't built in a day. I’m of a very friendly nature and love to be with people who aren’t selfish. I am ambitious and will do anything to achieve my aim - "The Universe applauds action not thought" I’m of a very adventurous nature and love to find good in everything I see. There are many things that make us depressed or upset, but that doesn’t mean that we stop living. You dust yourself off, honor the difficult times for the lesson it taught you, and walk away stronger and wiser. Independence and confidence were key in my life from a young age with venturing to the UK straight after school, and eventually ending up in Cape Town as my dream destination to live a happy balanced life where beautiful sunsets are part of your everyday life, and reminds you that dreams do come true. My professional life started as a labourer painting parks in the dire UK winter weather to Insurance consultant for a huge corporate company. Getting to know me over time it became clear that I adapt quickly and take pride in everything I do as I strive to leave everything and everyone better than you found them. Covid-19 and the drastic changes that came with it has been the most challenging and rewarding time of my life. With a system that failed us all in so many ways, living a financially stable life is nearly impossible but forced me to get grounded with nature and realize that the best things in life are truly free. My senses for nature, animals, and my overall humility enhanced drastically. We are all just reminded once again that nothing ever goes as planned and that losing everything including your mind might be necessary to make you realize what a strong, resilient, and galactic species we truly are. Realizing this, I am now more than ever ready to spread love and kindness whilst challenging myself with new adventures that push me out of my comfort zone. There is no other time than the present that truly matters. And in this moment I am excited to change my reality and the lives of those around me.
I would consider myself a mix of both introverted and extroverted. I love being around and working with people, but I also enjoy my own company. I’m also very family orientated. Family is everything to me! My passions are a mix between working with/building fruitful relationships with people whether it be in the workplace or day to day life, I love helping people and bringing out the best of those around me. Outside of that, I also love doing anything to do with being outdoors. I’m always up for an adventure such as hiking, camping or even just a walk along the beach. I’m also passionate about and absolutely love animals. I’ve done horse-riding practically my entire life and it’s so therapeutic for me, to just get out into the country and get my mind off everything going on. I was born in Johannesburg, but lived the majority of my life in the beautiful mother city known as Cape Town. I’ve never got the chance to travel outside of South Africa, however it is something I have always wanted to do, and I know I will accomplish in the future. In the meantime, there’s actually so many parts of my own country that I haven’t even experienced yet, so I’d love to start there. My work life has involved various industries, starting off with retail and moving on to the sales environment, both internal and external. I could say I had a certain plan for my life and career, but that all changed when I unexpectedly fell pregnant with my son. I then went from being an independent, carefree person to spending the last few months staying at home with my child. Which has honestly been life changing and I wouldn’t change a thing! However, it’s now time to get back into the working world and do everything in my power to give my son the life he deserves and one I wish I had growing up.
We celebrate volunteerism by conceiving and producing ambitious collective-action platforms that blend culture and social impact. We’re motivated to foster understanding by creating authentic connections –between partner organisations and their people– with the broader community. Projects intervene wherever there is need, ranging from designing programs to help shape S.T.E.A.M education, to regenerating green spaces and natural habitats, to refurbishing buildings, to developing urban food alternatives, such as shipping-container farms. Project works are calibrated to create the most fun and rewarding volunteer experiences whilst efficiently delivering the highest impact with the lowest waste. Our social impact work began in 2005 when helping to establish Guinness’ Water of Life program in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the 15 years since, a broad variety of innovative platforms and projects have been designed and delivered in Australia, the US, UK and Brazil. Corps Projects operates from Perth, Western Australia.
Hello, I’m Deborah! I was born in Congo RDC and came to Cape Town, South Africa in October 2012 to study at university. I have a National diploma in Financial accounting and a diploma in Financial information system. I am an ambitious young lady and I love to be surrounded by positive people. I’m a dedicated and conscientious team player with the ability to provide support and advice to people, customers, or co-workers and make a difference. I am organized, responsible, very loyal, focused and I can have the work done on time and meet deadlines. While doing my National diploma I was also working as a part-time customer service sales representative. I became full time agent right after I graduated at university. I am a customer relation professional with more than six years of experience in customer service work, inbound and outbound calls, emails and social media. I have excellent verbal skills with the ability to communicate my thoughts and information in a clear and easy to understand manner. I am confident that the experience, the capabilities I have, make me ready for any opportunity. I speak French, English, Swahili, and Lingala I love singing and dancing, reading, and my favorites animals are dogs and cats. Looking forward to be part of Zagenie family! Thank you!
I have four passions in life. My sport, family, work and God. Each I pursue with dogged determination to be better and to excel. The greatest blessing and experience in life is the privilege of life is having a loving and supporting wife and incredible children. My relationship with each of them is treasured above all. I am blessed in that I am healthy, enjoy the blessing of life and am extremely active. I am thrilled to be able to compete on the international stage for home and country. Success therein is just a cherry on top. Career and work has been an incredible experience. Knowing what I wanted to be early in high school and achieving such has brought about economic emancipation and a lifestyle I could only dream about as a little boy. I bask in the success and abilities given to me and the blessing poured out in great abundance.
We desire to see individuals and communities within South Africa living with dignity, justice, hope and purpose. The Domino Foundation works to see individuals and communities transformed through acts of mercy, combating injustice and empowering lives. The Domino Foundation is a non-profit organisation that creates essential structures geared towards supporting people, projects and programmes that are meeting the needs of Individuals and communities physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually through MERCY, JUSTICE, and EMPOWERMENT. The Domino Foundation manages focused interventions to holistically support and empower communities to be active participants in our society. We believe that by addressing three key pillars, effective social change can be achieved. Social Charity - to help those at their time of need. Social Justice - to give orphaned & vulnerable children an equal and fair chance in life. Social Entrepreneurship - using economic development to empower a community. Together these interventions cover a multifaceted approach to community development and we are currently active in a number of impact areas; Social Justice, Nutrition, Education, Health-Care promotion, Environmental Issues. We reach communities within KZN and the Western Cape through a multitude of transformation programmes. Currently, the #DominoEffect is achieved through a number of focused interventions: The Domino Foundation Babies Homes; The Domino Foundation Feeding Programme; The Domino Foundation Early Childhood Development Programme, The Domino Foundation Life Skills Programme, The Domino Foundation Bursary Fund Programme, The Domino Foundation Recycle Swop Shop & The Domino Foundation Red Light Programme.
Luigi Ciotti è nato nel 1945 a Pieve di Cadore (Bl), nelle Dolomiti. Emigrato con la famiglia a Torino negli anni ’50, ha fondato nel 1965 il Gruppo Abele, Associazione che promuove l’inclusione e la giustizia sociale attraverso un impegno che salda accoglienza e cultura, dimensione educativa e proposta politica. È stato ordinato sacerdote nel 1972 da padre Michele Pellegrino, che gli ha assegnato come parrocchia “la strada”, luogo di povertà e di fragilità, di domande e provocazioni dalle quali imparare. Col Gruppo Abele, da più di cinquant’anni, ha costruito e costruisce opportunità e progetti per le persone tossicodipendenti, per le ragazze prostituite, per gli ammalati di aids, per gli immigrati e tutte le persone segnate da povertà e fragilità esistenziali. A questo si è aggiunto un impegno di ricerca, informazione e formazione attraverso un centro studi, una casa editrice, due riviste e percorsi educativi rivolti a giovani, operatori e famiglie. L’attenzione di don Luigi e del Gruppo Abele si è estesa negli anni a diversi ambiti, dalla mediazione dei conflitti allo studio delle nuove forme di dipendenza, dai progetti di cooperazione allo sviluppo, oggi concentrati in Africa, allo strumento delle cooperative sociali per dare dignità e lavoro a persone con storie difficili, al settore culturale e formativo, un ambito che raggruppa iniziative e progetti di vario genere, accomunati dall’intenzione di fornire al pubblico strumenti per la riflessione e lo studio, in particolare sui temi del lavoro sociale. Ecco dunque le attività culturali, informative, educative, di prevenzione e formazione promosse dal Centro Studi, Documentazione e Ricerche (1975), dall’“Università della Strada” (1978), dalla casa editrice “Edizioni Gruppo Abele” (1983), dalla libreria “La Torre di Abele” (1994), dalle riviste “Animazione Sociale” (1971) e “Narcomafie” (1993), dal servizio di Mediazione dei conflitti (1995), dal “Piano Giovani” (2001). "Nella vita ho due grandi punti di riferimento, il Vangelo e la Costituzione. La mia vita è spesa nel cercare di saldare il Cielo e la Terra, la salvezza celeste con la dignità e la libertà terrena." (don Luigi Ciotti) Convinto dell’importanza del “noi”, don Luigi ha promosso reti di impegno sociale. Fra queste il Coordinamento nazionale delle Comunità di accoglienza (CNCA), che ha presieduto per oltre 10 anni, e la Lega italiana per la lotta all’Aids (LILA), della quale pure è stato presidente. Don Luigi Ciotti fonda Libera. Nel corso degli anni ’90, il suo impegno si è allargato alla denuncia e al contrasto al potere mafioso, dando vita al mensile “Narcomafie” e nel 1995 a Libera – Associazioni, nomi e numeri contro le mafie. Nel novembre 2000, durante la terza conferenza nazionale sulle droghe Ciotti con il Gruppo Abele denuncia il mancato coinvolgimento dell’associazionismo sul piano delle politiche in materia e rivendica il diritto alla cura per le persone dipendenti da sostanze stupefacenti e nel 2004 si oppone alla Legge Fini-Giovanardi, il pacchetto di misure che tra le altre cose inasprì le sanzioni per il consumo di droghe. Nel 2007 è una delle poche personalità cattoliche a schierarsi a favore delle proposte del governo Prodi per le coppie di fatto. Nel 2008 denuncia la pericolosità dell’introduzione del reato di immigrazione clandestina. Nel 2014 Famiglia Cristiana lo ha eletto italiano dell’anno e Papa Bergoglio ha presenziato con lui alla Veglia in memoria delle vittime innocenti di tutte le mafie. Con il Gruppo Abele è impegnato in prima persona nel contrasto alle povertà e nella rivendicazione dei diritti per rifugiati e migranti. Luigi Ciotti was born in 1945 in Pieve di Cadore (Bl), in the Dolomites. Emigrated with his family to Turin in the 1950s, in 1965 he founded the Abele Group, an association that promotes inclusion and social justice through a commitment that strengthens hospitality and culture, an educational dimension and a political proposal. He was ordained a priest in 1972 by Father Michele Pellegrino, who assigned him as a parish "the road", a place of poverty and fragility, of questions and provocations from which to learn. With the Abele Group, for more than fifty years, it has built and builds opportunities and projects for drug addicts, prostituted girls, AIDS patients, immigrants and all people marked by poverty and existential fragility. To this was added a commitment to research, information and training through a study center, a publishing house, two magazines and educational courses aimed at young people, operators and families. The attention of Don Luigi and the Abele Group has extended over the years to various areas, from the mediation of conflicts to the study of new forms of dependence, from development cooperation projects, now concentrated in Africa, to the tool of social cooperatives to give dignity and work to people with difficult histories, to the cultural and training sector, an area that brings together initiatives and projects of various kinds, united by the intention of providing the public with tools for reflection and study, in particular on the issues of social work. Here are the cultural, informative, educational, prevention and training activities promoted by the Study, Documentation and Research Center (1975), by the "Università della Strada" (1978), by the publishing house "Edizioni Gruppo Abele" (1983), by bookshop “La Torre di Abele” (1994), from the magazines “Animazione Sociale” (1971) and “Narcomafie” (1993), from the Conflict Mediation service (1995), from the “Piano Giovani” (2001). "In life I have two great points of reference, the Gospel and the Constitution. My life is spent trying to weld Heaven and Earth, heavenly salvation with earthly dignity and freedom. " (Don Luigi Ciotti) Convinced of the importance of "we", Don Luigi promoted networks of social commitment. These include the National Coordination of Host Communities (CNCA), which he chaired for over 10 years, and the Italian League for the fight against AIDS (LILA), of which he too was president. Don Luigi Ciotti founds Libera. During the 90s, his commitment expanded to denounce and fight against the mafia, giving life to the monthly "Narcomafie" and in 1995 to Libera - Associations, names and numbers against the mafia. In November 2000, during the third national conference on drugs, Ciotti with the Abele Group denounced the lack of involvement of associations in terms of policies on the subject and claimed the right to treatment for drug addicts and in 2004 opposed the Fini Law -Giovanardi, the package of measures that among other things tightened the penalties for drug use. In 2007 he is one of the few Catholic personalities to take sides in favor of the Prodi government's proposals for de facto couples. In 2008 he denounced the dangers of introducing the crime of illegal immigration. In 2014, Famiglia Cristiana elected him Italian of the year and Pope Bergoglio attended the Vigil with him in memory of the innocent victims of all mafias. With the Abele Group he is personally committed to fighting poverty and claiming the rights of refugees and migrants.
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Born and raised in South-Africa by a single mother in humble surroundings. Doing Taekwondo for years and attained my International black belt with the following principles, this was a part of my childhood that guided me into my adult life: Showing courtesy to others no matter what level of society labelled them; training continuously whether I was up for it or not; showing integrity, even when no one was watching; perseverance when I wanted to give up; self-control when it was difficult to compose myself and learning from my couch to have a indomitable Spirit. Finishing school it was expected of me to follow in the "Afrikaaner Man's" footsteps to have a job where you work many long hours a day, week in and week out, get your salary, sleep and repeat. My passion for music gave me the confidence to follow my heart and to head towards Cape Town for a short holiday, but I ended up staying here and studied for Audio Engineering, whilst completing my studies and gaining experience in the industry. COVID-19 affected the industry drastically, and I had decided to use my spare time productively by enrolling in courses such as Social Media marketing and Programming. I also started a small business where I rent out my sound equipment and host small gatherings and events. Helping friends with their business promotions and seeing how people enjoyed the events I have hosted, it made me realize that I have a passion to better others and their circumstances. Following my dreams against all odds lead me to where I am today and to appreciate every single moment by not wondering about the past or worrying about the future. Focusing on the task at hand and having it complete well within the deadline is what I strive to achieve, and I love learning and gaining knowledge along the way to further myself in everything and anything I get the opportunity for. I am ready for new challenges and know that having a healthy work balance will help me to reach my full potential.
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