Hundreds of Rotary Club members have decided to undertake a journey of knowledge and awareness to help the Veneranda Fabbrica, the historic organization responsible for preservation and restoration of the symbol of Milan across the world since 1387: The Duomo.
Indeed, due to the sensitivity of Districts 2041 and 2042, the Rotary Club has decided to give their support to the Get your Spire fund-raising campaign, by becoming one of the Golden Donors.
A project has been set up with the name "Ambassadors of the Duomo", which summarises the basic values behind this decision: taking Veneranda Fabbrica's appeal further afield, by discovering its extraordinary artistic heritage and getting people directly involved.
Get your Spire – the fund-raising campaign launched by the Veneranda Fabbrica in October 2012 to finance work on the Cathedral in order to ensure that it is protected and passed down to future generations – has been accepted by Rotary Club members with the understanding that each restoration project for the Cathedral revives the beauty and energy of the Duomo. The spire sponsored by Districts 2041-2042 is number G86 (G112 in the construction site numeration), which can be seen on the Central Terrace, corresponding to the roof of the nave, and is named after St. Primus.
"The decision of the Rotarians is based on the desire of the members to support the Veneranda Fabbrica in its important commitment, by taking an active part and directly rediscovering the Cathedral, so that the Get your Spire campaign may continue to contribute to completion of the work undertaken, also in anticipation of Expo2015. This is major support for which we are grateful and which proves the importance of the role that the values of dialogue and social relations play in the strategies of the campaign. Our hope is that this first donation by the Rotary Club may be followed by those of many other districts," said Angelo Caloia, President of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano.
Now increasingly more committed to paying attention to and responding to the needs of our community, from young people to those with disabilities, from the new poor to lonely senior citizens, the Rotarians of Districts 2041 and 2042 have found another tangible form of direct commitment in the promotion of the artistic and cultural assets of our region. And this year the Duomo, symbol of the diocese and of Milanese civilisation, has been the star of the show, also because of the driving and tangible action of the Milano Giardini Rotary Club.
"Being Rotarians means making one's knowledge available the community: The Rotarian Ambassadors of the Duomo project has followed this path allowing over 2500 visitors, Rotarians and friends of Rotarians, to discover and rediscover the wonders of the Museo del Duomo, of the Cathedral and of the Terraces, and to then share this marvellous experience with many friends, most of whom can only remember the Cathedral from primary school visits," commented Paolo Zampaglione, Governor of RI District 2041 for the year 2013-2014.
Thanks to the awareness-raising process undertaken by the Rotarians on the historic and symbolic value of the Duomo, together with the investment that resulted from it, the Rotary Club has become a driving force for the rebirth of a building that is able to "narrate, amaze and move," as stated last Monday by Philippe Daverio, Artistic Director of the Museo del Duomo di Milano.
"The fine artistic assets that we inherit are proof of a common past which Rotarians appreciate and highlight, in the certainty that restoration projects like this one may be a gift to the present and future generations," added Sergio Orsolini, Governor of RI District 2042 for the year 2013-2014. "Taking action to generate culture, emotion and sharing is one of our greatest aspirations. That's what allows us to make our association a real community."
Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Archpriest of the Cathedral, also took part in the press conference in the Sala delle Colonne, bringing greetings to the participants.
The Get your Spire campaign has achieved significant results: To date, around € 4 million has been raised, approximately € 380,000 of which has come from small donations. This is a positive signal from the citizens of Milan that they are rediscovering the Duomo, the heart of the city.Furthermore, Veneranda Fabbrica is taking action outside of Italy too, to make international players aware of the fund-raising campaign. In fact, in order to complete the restoration work planned prior to Expo, the Fabbrica will have to sustain costs of around € 13 million, over € 4 million of which has already been raised.
The journey of the Veneranda Fabbrica therefore continues with the help of Rotary Club members too who, united as Golden Donors together with the Veneranda Fabbrica, have shaped a little of its history.