Milan, Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Sala delle Colonne: international Hymn to Life award
Monday 2 December 2013, in Milan, the “Sala delle Colonne” of the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia, at Via San Vittore 21, will see the assignation of the first Mother Teresa of Calcutta “Hymn To Life” International Award, promoted and organised by the “Ali Spahia” Scientific-Humanitarian Association, in the person of Nausika Spahia, President of the Association and former Consul General of the Republic of Albania in Milan.
The Association, based in the Political Sciences Faculty in the University of Pavia, has been operating since 2005 in the scientific-humanitarian field with the aim of organising and offering care and assistance in Italian hospitals to seriously ill people (mostly children) from countries with low economic growth; to contribute to the promotion of the development of health services in those countries; to promote conferences and bursaries for students and graduates in medicine and other fields from those countries. The intense activity carried out in collaboration with first-class Italian hospitals allows the treatment of dozens of people every year, saving the lives of infants, children and adults, helping train doctors and nurses, and promoting scientific and cultural exchanges between the countries. The Association was founded ideally to continue the activity of Dr Ali Spahia, surgeon and statesman, one of the most important intellectual dissidents of Communist and post-Communist Albania. An extraordinary example of personal ongoing commitment to life, care, science and culture along with charity and social undertakings. Among the founders of the “Ali Spahia” Association: Hans-Peter Furrer, Honorary President, former Director General of Political Affairs of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and presently member of the Council and President of the Swiss section of “Quart Monde”, the most important non-profit association working in favour of under-developed countries.
The “Hymn To Life” award – designed and created by the famous contemporary artist of Albanian origins, Helidon Xhixha – was born from the idea of rewarding women, men and associations who produce excellent results in the scientific research or whose contribution significantly increases the quality of life of the socially disadvantaged.
The award was established in honour and in the name of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the little nun of Albanian origins who with her social undertakings, infinite charity and outstanding altruism, made a name for herself as one of the greatest figures of the 20th century. The main aim is that of launching a powerful message that raises awareness and has a social impact.
“Hymn To Life” is the award for social undertaking for important foundations and personalities in the fields of science, culture and business. A recognition of great importance and international prestige which has had the patronage of bodies such as the Cabinet, Lombardy Region, the Province of Milan, and the Italian National Chamber of Fashion.
The winners were chosen from a jury made up of Renato Ugo (Honorary President of the “Hymn to Life” award) – the Italian leader in industrial chemistry, a man of intense scientific activity along with great institutional and managerial responsibilities; Nausika Spahia (President of the “Hymn to Life” award) - President of the “Ali Spahia” Scientific-Humanitarian Association and former Consul General of the Republic of Albania in Milan; Maria Pia Belloni Mignatti – representative of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, at the NGO Committee on Migration, consultative organ of the UN, former professor of EU Law at the University of Pavia; Gianni Bona – Director of the Paediatric Clinic of Novara and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Eastern Piedmont; Mario Boselli – President of the Italian National Chamber of Fashion; Claudia Buccellati – businesswoman of international renown and Honorary Vice Consul for Panama; Sergio Dompè – President of Dompè Farmaceutici; Hans-Peter Furrer –Director General of Political Affairs of the Council of Europe and Honorary President of the “Ali Spahia” Scientific-Humanitarian Association; Silvio Garattini – scientific researcher in pharmacology, doctor and teacher of chemotherapy and pharmacology, and Director of the “Mario Negri” Institute of Pharmacological Research; Alberto Meomartini – President of Museimpresa and Saipem; Daria Pesce – internationally famous lawyer and Honorary Consul for Portugal; Adriano Teso – President of the IVM Group and politician.
The well-known recipients of the award are:
Giuliana Bossi Rocca, President of Fondazione Humanitas, which for over 15 years has sought to improve the quality of life of patients and their families during and after hospital stays. It offers a welcome, psychological support, social assistance and company in difficult situations following illness. The Luciano Pavarotti Foundation established in memory of Pavarotti seeks to help his pupils and, more generally, young people who want to approach the world of opera, to find opportunities to be heard and make a reputation for themselves.
The Fondazione Francesca Rava is the Italian representative of the international humanitarian organisation N.P.H. which for more than 55 years has offered homes and hospitals to the poorest children of Latin America.
Istituto Giannina Gaslini, the Paediatric Teaching Hospital which for more than 75 years has cared for children with great dedication, passion and skill. One of the greatest centres of excellence in Italy, and home to part of the University of Genoa.
Matteo Marzotto, entrepreneur and Vice President of the Fondazione per la Ricerca sulla Fibrosi Cistica, which supports the training of young researchers and health workers as regards the problems of cystic fibrosis.
Mario Melazzini, oncologist and President of the Associazione Italiana Sclerosi Laterale Amiotrofica, Scientific Director of the Nemo Clinic for research into and treatment of neuromuscular diseases as well as Councillor for Productive Activities, Research and Innovation with Lombardy Region.
Francesco Montorsi, Director of the Urology Department and Urological Research Institute at the San Raffaele di Milano Hospital, as well as Professor of Urology and Director of the Specialisation Course in Urology at the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele di Milano. Silvia Priori, professor and researcher of international renown, the third Italian woman in the “Top Italian Scientist” list for her work at clinical and scientific level in support of families with cardiopathic children in particular with genetic heart illnesses. Scientific Director of the Fondazione Maugeri, Director of Cardiological Rehabilitation and Molecular Cardiology. Since 2008 she has been Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Genetic Program at New York University.
Special Award: to the people of Lampedusa, the authorities on the island and all the workers and humanitarian staff who with great abnegation, professionalism and generosity are dealing with the drama of immigration. A special award for a community that is constantly engaged in a works of solidarity and humanity. Mayor Giusi Nicolini collects the award.
Special Prize for Art: to Riccardo Cocciante – Special Guest of the evening with some of his most famous songs – for having sung in his 40-year career of life in all its shades, rendering homage to the truest and deepest emotions, contributing to bringing together peoples and cultures with his popular works that have been awarded with unprecedented international success.
Presented by: Cristina Parodi