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The situation in Ukraine is well known. Among the tragic circumstances affecting the local population, the condition of the elderly, one of the most vulnerable groups, who are exposed to constant danger, is one of the most striking. Access to steady water supply remains difficult to obtain, while the spectre of bombing looms relentlessly. Postal services have ground to a halt, leaving the only hope of receiving essential supplies to those brave enough to venture out into the streets amid air raid sirens, hoping a parcel has reached the distribution centre and that the bombs will spare them.

Today’s story centres on an elderly lady with a granddaughter living in America who showed remarkable tenacity and determination to help her grandmother from afar, overcoming the many obstacles. The granddaughter turned to social media for advice and help in sending supplies to Ukraine. Among those who responded to her plea was a Knight from Trieste belonging to the Dynastic Orders of the House of Savoy, who happened to work a few offices away from hers in Savannah, Georgia. After a couple of e-mails with the Private Secretariat of H.R.H. the Prince of Piedmont and Venice and the Delegate for Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Comm. Alessandro Berghinz, the latter agreed to coordinate the transport.

The adventure thus began in the United States, where our fellow member organised the logistics of the supply and collected the necessary data for the shipment to Ukraine. Then one of our Dames from Trieste started to rush around supermarkets and pharmacies in her city to collect all the necessary supplies and agreed to meet the Delegate in Udine. The latter then handed the two parcels to a trusted friend of his who had experience in transporting goods to Ukraine.

Less than two weeks later, the two parcels reached their destination.

It’s a humble but heart-warming story filled with goodwill, in which a network of members of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy managed to achieve something useful and tangible. This story illustrates what it really means to be Dames and Knights of our Orders.


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