On March 1st, 2019, Fabiano of Christ Benevolent Society’s President, Giancarlo Chitto, joined the inauguration ceremony of the Nilson de Souza Pereira School (Colégio Nilson de Souza Pereira) in Salvador, Brazil. After years of planning and lots of hard work involved, we can finally celebrate this great achievement for the local community.
We share below the written version of Giancarlo’s emotional inauguration speech.
Good morning girls and boys,
Today, the first of March is indeed a milestone for us. After serious planning, we are here to inaugurate the Nilson de Souza Pereira School (Colégio Nilson de Souza Pereira). Professor Divaldo Pereira Franco envisioned a place where you would have the opportunity to advance your learning and Fabiano of Christ Benevolent Society is pleased to be part of such an important project.
In January of 2017, my wife, companion and confidant of over 50 years, passed away. It was my sincere desire to do something meaningful in Joan’s memory. This seemed to be the perfect project for our Society to be involved in, as Joan had, for many years, been involved in raising funds for the children of Mansão do Caminho.
Students, a golden opportunity has been given to you. You were chosen amongst many others to make learning a priority in your life. In this place, you will help and challenge each other. I do not doubt in my mind that in the future you will occupy prominent positions in the industry, politics or social work. Working together you make a positive contribution to the future of Brazil.
The key to that, I repeat, is to make learning a priority. Do not be distracted by the frivolous world; make studying your world. We are very proud of every one of you, and we are confident that you will succeed, whatever your goals may be.
God willing I will see you in three years from now on your graduation day. I will be very proud to shake your hand and say “well done.” So until then, we at Fabiano of Christ will continue to support you the best way we can; we have faith in you.
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