We are the Italian National Union for the Transport of sick people to Lourdes and to International Sanctuaries U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I.. Many know us thanks to the white trains that we travel in, together with hope, faith and our volunteers accompanying sick people.
Only a few know that after the pilgrimage, for 114 years, U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. has been taking care of sick people walking them through the journey hand in hand.
At the centre of our story is the active and creative charity of more than hundred thousand followers who seek to live the Gospel in everyday life, offering, each according to their own possibilities, a commitment to give relief and hope to those who turn to us.
As Mother Theresa of Calcutta said, “We cannot always do great things in life, but we can do small things with great love. ” Starting from the pilgrimages, our association, with the help of the Providence, has organised many projects that can provide concrete answers to the needs of the sick, disabled, adults and children in difficulty. With the aim of improving the life of those who are alone, those who go through difficult periods and those who need love and warmth.
U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I.’s projects are the realities that volunteers constantly carry ahead thanks to the economic aid of those who support us through our fundraising activities.
One of the most important projects that U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. realized was “Progetto Bambini” (children project) offering support to families with children with various ailments, forced to leave their home to undergo medical treatments at the Gaslini Institute in Genoa. To realise this project, since 2006, U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. of Genoa manages three apartments adjacent to the hospital, completely renovated to meet the needs of the guests, where, throughout the year, the families of the hospitalised children are hosted.
Another important project is the “Progetto Giovani” (youth project) that aims at making youth live the very important educational experience of volunteering in Lourdes and teach them our five core values: Love, Faith, Hope, Joy and Service.
Starting from these values, which distinguish ours Association, was born in 2015, and is still under way, the Campaign Called #doniamocoloreallavita (#wedonatecolourtolife), in which we paired each of our values with a colour, Red-Love, Blue-Faith, Green-Hope, Yellow-Joy, Purple-Service, and we organize events that place them at the centre of our projects.
“A-MARE” was born from the generous donation of 101 paintings made, especially for us, by Marco Nereo Rotelli who, in these paintings, has combined the lively colours of fish and dreamlike marine creatures with a project of Love for the less fortunate.
President Unitalsi Ligure
“While life is imminent, LOVE is like a wave over the waves. These works are painted recalling the ancient rongo-rongo language of the Easter Island. They are small waves, pictograms born from the SEA, which narrate small colourful stories about a big project like the one of helping those who are in pain to travel towards hope.”
Marco Nereo Rotelli