Small daily gestures of care, attention, service, sometimes given for facts, but not given for facts, especially for those who receive them. Thanks to these gestures, Vittoria Adami, Rachel Osose Lawani and Erika Salihaj were the winners of the 2nd edition of the “Stefano Bertacco” scholarships.
The recognition, aimed at keeping alive the memory of Senator and Councilor Stefano Bertacco for his administrative, political, human example and attention paid to the most vulnerable people and the new generations, wants to offer a tangible signal aimed at recognizing the ” commitment of young people, recommended by third sector organizations, public and equality schools, who have distinguished themselves in solidarity activities and free social action towards the weakest and most needy people.
The constitution of the three “Stefano Bertacco” scholarships, worth € 1,000 each, was approved unanimously by the City Council in the session of October 29, 2020 and with a subsequent resolution of February 27, 2021 was approve the corresponding Regulations. As the Commission, which has assessed the reports received, points out, attention to others does not necessarily have to go beyond extraordinary acts of altruism, but can also be declined through “normal” actions which, however, denote sensitivity. and a special commitment to get ahead. service to those who need it most, as did the three winning girls.
Vittoria Adami, 16, recommended by the Little Fraternity of Borgo Roma association, highlighted the sensitivity and attention shown to people with disabilities involved in various leisure activities, helping to create an inclusive and demonstrative environment. how diversity can become an opportunity for growth for all.
Rachel Osose Lawani, 13, recommended by the San Michele Promotional Group, thanks to her collaborative and altruistic nature, has been able to experience different occasions of social solidarity, contributing daily to the well-being of the community in which she lives and putting herself. at the service of the little ones even on the occasion of the dance performances of the Espresso dance project.
Erika Salihaj, 17, recommended by the DBA Italia ODV Association, collaborated as a volunteer on the occasion of some events promoted in the area, providing assistance and support to participants, showing special attention and sensitivity to people big and giving a smile to the old people. children with medical problems and their families.
The mayor, the councilor for social services and the members of the jury took part in the event in the Arazzi room: the chairman of the 5th commission of social policies of the council with the manager Nicola Rinald and the president of the CSV-Service Center of Volunteering. of Verona Roberto Veronese. Two of the three winners, Vittoria Adami and Erika Salihaj, were present, along with their families and representatives of Third Sector associations who have joined the tender.
“It’s hard to think that two years have passed,” said the mayor. Because Stefano Bertacco has always been a man, before he became a politician, who made his life an example of what generosity and sensitivity are, humanity and commitment to the needy and those in need. A job done without encouragement, without ever waiting for recognition or thanks, every day, with the maximum availability for everyone. The aim of the scholarship is precisely this, to ensure that Stefano’s work continues to walk with the legs of young people who, like him, have the innate gift of altruism and solidarity and give themselves to others without expecting anything. ” .
“The recognition – explains the Councilor for Social Services – was established by the municipal administration to keep alive the administrative, political, human example and care for the most vulnerable and new generations by the Republican senator and councilor of the Municipality Stefano Bertacco. With just a few days to go before the second anniversary of his death, these awards take on an even deeper meaning. inside. need “.
“Stefano had the ability to aspire to the well-being of all, especially with small daily gestures,” added the chairman of the Social Commission. The hope is that the three young winners will continue to be an example to each other and a benchmark, as Stefano Bertacco was to all of us. “