Women’s Committee

The Spirit of Pulcinella Lives at Carlton’s Piazza Italia

For over 15 years the Spirit of Pulcinella has been the foundation of the Assisi Centre’s Women’s Committee Italian National Day celebrations.

Through many incarnations, Pulcinella evolved as a character with a positive approach to life.

At the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, 11 members of the Assisi’s Women Committee plus two men raised just under $3000 with a simple spinning wheel.Pulcinello

This year DuilioPulcinella” Stocchero twirled, danced and encouraged visitors to buy nearly 6,000 tickets for the fabulous prizes donated by 25 Italian people and businesses.

The Assisi Centre would like to acknowledge their continuing generosity.

On the megaphone, Paul Lostia also drew the crowds, while the members of the Women’s Committee present charmed potential ticket buyers to part with 50 cent a ticket.  There were a number of $5.00 and$10.00 single sales.

The Italian National Day Committee organised an extensive range of cultural events as part of the Italian Melbourne Festival with the support of the Italian Consulate, the Victorian Government and the Carlton Traders Association.

The Sunday started with a Holy Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Hart and was followed by the activities at the Carlton Piazza Italia.

Food, and of course a little wine, was eagerly sought, while patrons listened to lively music and choirs.

This year the members of Assisi “Spinning Wheel team were:

  • Giorgia Dal Santo:
  • Zita Cecchin;
  • Elsa Vesnaver;
  • Cecilia Ormando;
  • Pina Vitale;
  • Connie Sapuppo;
  • Flores Milani;
  • Maria Cilia;
  • Diana Colangelo;
  • Lidia Rigoni;
  • Grazia Stocchero;
  • Duilio Stocchero (in the “Carnevale’s Pulcinella” costume);
  • Paul Lostia (on the megaphone)

The Assisi Centre would like to thank the following people and businesses for their kind donations:

  • Pantalica Cheese Co  Pty Ltd
  • Alepat Taylor
  • Chiera Pharmacy
  • Bon Food Pty Ltd
  • Bertocchi Smallgoods
  • Marchetti Smallgoods
  • Gran Monte Supermarket/Lalor
  • Campania Olive Oil Co Pty Ltd
  • Sculli Bros Fruit/Veg: Greensborough
  • Coffee Mio
  • Mr. P. Narduzzo, OAM
  • Gervasi Supermarket
  • Joval Group
  • Colosseium Knitwear
  • Mondo Music
  • Lisonia Giftwear Import/Lalor
  • La Tosca Pasta Pty Ltd
  • Coffex Coffee
  • Domenico Coffee
  • Costante Imports
  • La Triestina Ristorante
  • Conga Foods
  • Costanzo Imports
  • Piedimonte Supermarket
  • Dimattina Coffee

If you would like to help out and have a heap of fun at events organised by the Women’s Committee please telephone the Assisi Centre, 03 94551199.