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OGI 2012 Fundraiser Villa Scalabrini
The OGI (Olimpiadi Gioventù Italiana) has recently held a fund raising family barbeque at Villa Scalabrini to raise money for the next games.
We asked Mike Viglione a few questions about the event and the OGI.
First of all something about yourself. What is your role in the OGI committee?
My role for the last 11 years has been a combination of chairman and computer technician; however since the last AGM in September 2010 I lost out my chairmanship and now focus on the computer activities.
How many people attended the fund raising barbecue?
Around 500 people attended, considering the weather a great testament to OGI.
How many families?
Hard to say, quite a few.
Which Italian clubs were involved?
All the main teams were involved, Southgate, Finchley, Stanmore & Hendon, AS Londra Sud and last but by no means least St Peter’s.
How much did you raise?
Not aware at present, hopefully a profit that will go towards next year’s Olympics.
How was the day scheduled?
More along the lines of grab a bite to eat, have a drink or two, and catch up with friends throw in some games and a raffle, go home feeling good.
What was the most exciting part of the day?
That’s easy the games, Tug of War and passing a tennis ball without using your hands in teams of 8 down the line between two people.
What is OGI?
The Olimpiadi Gioventù Italiana was founded in 1978 by St. Peter's Italian Club in London. Its aims were simple, to provide all young people in the Italian communities of the U.K. the opportunity to take part in a three-day Olympic event, regardless of ability.
The OGI is all about youngsters enjoying themselves, our youngsters have shown whilst they are aiming for gold they are just as happy having taken part. The OGI is held every two years and is organised by the OGI committee.
Why is it important to support OGI?
The aim of the Olimpiadi Gioventù Italiana is to provide young people in the Italian community the opportunity to take part in a three day Olympic event. We are dedicated to encourage members of our Italian youth community to come together and unite our communities.
As the teams are drawn from Italian Associations, Italian Clubs and Italian Schools it also gives many families and friends an occasion to meet up with one another. Therefore keeping the community spirit alive.
Are the events organized in London?
Yes, the Olympics are held in North London, at Copthall Stadium. The event normally takes place on the last May Day Bank holiday, Saturday through to Monday, with the opening ceremony taking place on the Saturday morning the next one is scheduled to start 2nd June 2012.
Is OGI connected with the “Olimpiadi della gioventu” in Italy?
Not to my knowledge.
What of the Italian identity is conveyed through these kind of events?
Hard to say but we try to bring all aspects of Italian culture, fun of food, getting together and I think by having people like Gino D'Acampo and Il Console Generale I think reinforces some of our foibles.
Do the young people attending the “Olimpiadi della gioventù” in the UK feel part of the Italian community? Do they speak Italian?
Most of the kids are glad to be part of something that their family were involved in and having common feeling with their peers and most feel comfortable in speaking Italian.
What is in your opinion a cultural identity?
We have Italian and English and other nationality children that take part, so I think there is an OGI identity that bridges nationalities together.