"Thank you for your kind donation"
For donations to our Italian account, the details are:
- Beneficiary: Diocesi di Gibilterra (address: Via M. Stabile 118/b, 90139 Palermo, Italy - Fiscal Code 800 3036 0822)
- For bank deatils, please contact our Treasurer.
For donations to our UK account (held at the Diocesan Office in London) and Gift Aid, please contact our Treasurer.
Charities & Causes we support
Funds collected during our various fund raising events (Christmas Bazaar, Carol Service, Book Sales, Punta Raisi Day, Concerts, etc.) are donated to different charities or cuases either locally or internationaly. The cahrities we usually support are:
- Bishop Advent & Lent Appeals (International)
- Comunoità di Sant'Egidio (Italy & Palermo)
- Comitato Fiori di Lavanda onlus for research in Childhood Leukemia (Como, Italy)
- Evelina Children's Hospital (Guy's & St. Thomas Hospital, London, UK)
- Save the Children (Rome, Italy)
- ARC, Associazione Celebrolesi (Palermo, Italy)
SECOND HAND BOOKS
Second Hand Books
In our church we have many second hand books either in English or Italian. Most of the books are fiction (in English and some in Italian) by well-known authors. When you've finished reading a book, why not bring it (back) to the church? That way, we recycle and generate more donations for Holy Cross.
QEII Jubilee - Britalian Night Fund Raising Cocktail
June 2012. On a warm still night in Palermo, we had our biannual fundraising event at Villa Malfitano, this year called Britalian Night Party. The gathering was an opportunity to celebrate the Jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth II and to enjoy an evening of fellowship with the opportunity to raise funds for the ministries of the Church of the Holy Cross and for the non-profit organization Comitato Fiori di Lavanda (for Research on Childhood Leukemia).
The evening included a message from the visiting special guest, Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Italian Republic, Christopher Prentice CMG (right). He expressed the gratitude felt by many for the outstanding faithful and long service of Queen Elizabeth II at this time of her Jubilee Year and had us raise our glasses in a toast to the Queen and to Italy. He spoke also about the importance of UK - Italian economic and cultural relations, about the upcoming London olympics, and about the ministries of Holy Cross Church and of the Comitato Fiori di Lavanda.
After other speakers, there was a guided tasting of Marsala wines by Prof Nicola Trapani, a very fine dinner in the gardens catered by Pizzo e Pizzo, a fundraising auction, light live music and an art exhibit. The evening ended beautifully with the option of a Palermo by night tour on an open top double decker bus, which had been donated by City Sight Seeing Palermo. The catering, which was of very high quality, was offered at cost, and full sponsorship to have the event at Villa Malfitano was donated by Pringle Consulting. Some donations were raised through an auction. But we still have some items from the auction that were not bid on but are still on offer: two - four month English language courses (worth €850 each) from the Wall Street Institute in Palermo; and one English language course from the London School, International House (Viale Emilia, Palermo) (worth €550). If you or anyone you know is interesting in making a donation for any of these great gifts, please contact the treasurer, chaplain or wardens of Holy Cross.
About 150 guests attended the event, mainly Italians and British, but many other nationalities were represented too like: Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Jamaica, Nigeria, San Salvador, Switzerland, and the USA. It was extraordinary to wander the grounds of Villa Malfitano, which was built by the Whitaker family, who had previously built Holy Cross Church. We had a sense of something of the glory of those late 19th century days in Palermo when Villa Malfitano was host to many parties. We could also imagine something of the goodness of the life of Joseph Whitaker, who enjoyed spending time in his primary interests of ornothology, in botany, and in archaeology (click here to read more about a recent film on Joseph Whitaker). Click here to see information on a book recently published in Italian, written by Tina Whitaker Scalia, wife of Joseph, who organized many parties at Villa Malfitano.
Our special gratitude from the whole chaplaincy goes to Paolo Coniglio, our honourary treasurer, who has spent many days over the past months organizing and promoting this very special evening! Below is a list of the sponsors and contributors to the evening: Sponsors: Pringle Consulting – www.pringleconsulting.it Wall Street Institute, Palermo - www.wallstreet.it London School, International House, Viale Emilia, Palermo - www.londonschool.it Contributions by: ProgettoElleCi – Lo Castro, Palermo – www.locastro.it KSM Security – www.ksmspa.com Passione del Tempo, Palermo – www.passionedeltempo.com Village Fai da Te Legno Market, Palermo – www.villagelm.it Vini Casano – www.casanovini.it Vini Colomba Bianca – www.cantinecolombabianca.it Vini Donnafugata – www.donnafugata.it Vini Fina – www.cantinefina.it Amaro Physis – www.amarophysis.it Vini Marsala – www.carlopellegrino.it Fiori Alfredo Impollonia – www.alfredoimpollonia.it City Sight Seeing Palermo – www.palermo.city-sightseeing.it Fondazione Giuseppe Whitaker – www.fondazionewhitaker.it
Special thanks to our guest of honour: Christopher Prentice CMG, H.M. Ambassador to the Italian Republic and Non-resident Ambassador to The Most Serene Republic of San Marino. Special thanks to our speaker: Prof. Nicola Trapani, major expert on Marsala wine and author of the book "Marsala: il vino e la città dell'Unità d'Italia".