Last week, A Chance In Life made history. In collaboration with the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, we hosted an international panel discussion at the headquarters of the United Nations on April 27th.
Our directors from Italy and Ethiopia were present and shared with donors, journalists and dignitaries the evolution of A Chance In Life. With your help, our “Towns” expanded beyond the borders of Italy to support boys and girls throughout the world.
Tim Tynan, the Man of the Year at our New York Gala, shared how impressed he was by our work in Ethiopia and India, as he just returned from a trip there with us. Among other memories, he recalled how touched he was when we visited a clinic for children living with disabilities in Trichur, India. If it weren’t for A Chance In Life’s donors, and the passion and dedication of the nuns working with them every day, they would be abandoned on the streets with little chance of surviving.
Another emotional moment of our gathering was honoring Admiral J. Robert Lunney, who saved 14,000 refugees in 1950 with his Captain Leonard LaRue during the Korean War. Rob Iommazzo, one of our board members, delivered a plaque to Admiral Lunney for his generosity to A Chance In Life and the example he sets for all of us.
So why did we make history? Not because of the United Nations’ event … but because after 73 years the miracle of love started by our founder Msgr. Carroll-Abbing still continues to expand to other countries to support more children than ever before.
We were able to celebrate the milestone of this miracle at the United Nations because of you, our generous supporters. As Admiral Lunney would say in his perfect Italian … “Fantastico!”
Onward and upward … there are still 150 million kids living on the streets. Let’s get back to work and keep changing that!