The Foundation also stems from my personal experience as a mother. The illness of a child is always a difficult thing to deal with, and, for me, it was an inspiration, a new energy that came from realising that even the most complicated situations can be tackled head-on. If Riccardo (my son) prefers to remember those moments with a tattoo, I think that the creation of the Foundation is my way of not forgetting and of helping those who have to deal with illnesses such as eating disorders. The Foundation aims to be a new way of promoting culture, giving value to our region, having a new self-awareness and leaving a mark of what has come before, during and after us.
With this new project, we wanted to share ideas and successful processes from which to draw inspiration and new enthusiasm, which we never lack! It is important for us to “give back” what we have received because we know that we have been privileged to grow up in a healthy family environment and in a rich area, with people who have given us so much. Thanks to Intrecci, I have learnt how important it is to focus on young people, which is why we want to encourage discussion and the possibility for everyone to get in touch with our Foundation.
The Foundation is inextricably linked to the many special projects I am doing in Umbria and Lazio, such as the one on Tuscia and Civita di Bagnoregio. For example, for the association, La Casa del Vento di Bagnoregio, I created labels (I take care of the creative side of the company) and half of the proceeds from the sale of some of the bottles will be donated to Civita for social projects. For the Christmas party at Fattoria Tellus, I also involved the Juppiter association with a Christmas market to raise funds and a concert by its special youngsters. With the Foundation, I want to continue to do my best to support our area and those who need a smile.
“Feeding on life”. It will be our guiding thread, our compass. Because we feed on food, but also on affection, relationships, knowledge, experiences, listening. Because we are constantly looking to give meaning, value and significance to our choices and to our daily life. To do our part and achieve our goals, we will try to collect means and economic resources, but also relationships, presence, availability and networks. The Farm, the Academy and the Research Centre will be the Foundation’s places where children, young people, parents, educators, teachers, managers and health workers will be able to experience “knowing”: “knowing how to do” and “knowing how to be”. The beauty of awareness.
Connection with the land
Fondazione Cotarella was born from the earth: a fertile, hard, procreative place. A place that requires patience and vision, commitment and respect, determination and trust. The earth, with its codes, its languages, its laws, its uncertainties, its pace and its time. It was founded in a special region, Umbria, on the border with upper Lazio, at a crossroads of traditions and symbols that history requires us to recognise and pass on. It was established by a family who are deeply tied to their land.