by Flavia massimi, ph. Alex Fibbi

The bimbi ANT project on the Tuscan scene

Music, ballet and fashion are the main ingredients of the Grand Gala of the ANT Italia ONLUS Foundation planned for Thursday 18th October in the amazing Salone dei Cinquecento at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
Born in 1978 in Bologna thanks to the work of the oncologist Franco Pannuti, the ANT Italia ONLUS Foundation – the largest no-profit reality for specialist, home care medical aid for cancer patients and free prevention exams -has treated over 120 thousand people in 10 Italian regions, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Veneto, Lazio, Marche, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Umbria and Tuscany.
We met Simone Martini, ANT delegate for the Florence-Prato-Pistoia area who told us something more about this extremely brilliant and important national reality found all over the country.
What are the aims of the project?
“The Bimbi ANT project, active in the Florence and Pistoia area and in collaboration with the Mayer hospital, aims at giving home care to little cancer patients and to give them psychological support as well as teaching children how to have a healthy and fit lifestyle with the right nutrition by visiting schools or sports associations”.
Why is fund-raising important? “With the solidarity network created we can fully finance the Bimbi ANT project but every year we need new investments to use for our dedicated medical staff who we continuously keep updated and informed on all the new health care techniques, new medicines, etc. These are the reasons why we organize activities which allow us to raise funds annually such as the Grand Gala and the Debutante Ball”.
How has Florence responded this year?
“The Grand Gala is already nearly sold-out: there has been an important and positive response from the people and the companies who support this event. This year, we will be 330 but only because of lack of space: it is a well-consolidated and much-awaited-for event which is sold-out months before because it is much appreciated by the Florentine society”.

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