“Going home to a Milan which now seems as fake as reality tv. The one thing missing to complete my journey is to get back into my world and dance for Africa” - Roberto Bolle
By Juliana Araújo
For those who are unaware, Roberto Bolle is not just a pretty face stamped on Italian fashion magazines. In addition, the étoile dancer of the American Ballet Theatre and Alla Scala of Milan, was nominated goodwill ambassador for UNICEF in 1999 during a gala evening at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.
In 2006 he visited the Sudan where he participated actively in health and education campaigns having raised over $ 655,000 for education and health in that country.
In 2010 he visited the Central African Republic, where the issue of malnutrition was widely explored. At that time. Roberto reported his experiences on the weekly magazine of Corriere della Sera “Io donna“.
Since then Robert has used his art and fame for a worthy cause. He has supported UNICEF events, taken part in galas, and worked alongside governments to promote the improvement of life and health of children worldwide.
In his reports, Bolle expects others to follow his example and support the UNICEF work, which has five focus areas: child survival and development, basic education and gender equality, children with HIV/AIDS, child protection policies and advocacy and partnership.
When I see examples like these, I reaffirm my conviction about the transformative power that dance has, and through collective efforts it is possible to believe that the world can be a better place to live.
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Roberto Bolle and Alessandra Ferri in the Lady of Camellias