To mark this special date, I’m looking back on the occasion when I provided Italian and English consecutive interpreting for Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner, at a UNICEF event.
Betty was co-awarded the prize in recognition of her work as co-founder of the Community of Peace People in Northern Ireland.
What few people know is that she also had strong ties with Italy. One of her initiatives led to the creation of the Fondazione Città della Pace (City of Peace for Children Foundation) in the Municipalities of Sant’Arcangelo and Scanzano Jonico.
This Foundation has a mission to provide hospitality, information and integration services. This allows those forced to flee their homes to contribute to the development of the local community which welcomes them.
I like to commemorate Betty with one of her quotes:
“To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.”
This day is the perfect opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s day. You could surprise a coworker with a cup of coffee, hold the door for a stranger, or simply offer a listening ear to a friend in need. And if you’re looking for more ways to be kind, why not try doing something thoughtful for someone every day for the rest of the month?
Remember, kindness is contagious, so let’s keep spreading the love!
And, if I’ve done anything kind for you over the past year, I’d love to hear about it! Or, if you’d like to support me in a different way, you can Buy Me An Espresso! Every little bit helps, and it’s a great way to show your support for my work.