May 2015 saw the launch of the ‘Play for Change Show’ in collaboration with Infront Sports & Media – to help raise funds for the Italian Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation.
Combining a unique blend of comedy and entertainment on stage, the night saw some of the most famous Italian comedians join forces for a wonderful charitable cause including, Max Pieriboni, Cacioppo, Sergio Sgrilli e Nando Timoteo, Kalabrugovic, Israeli musician Sagi Rei, the singer-songwriter Davide Demarinis, dancer Leon Cino, and Virna Toppi a ballerina at the Scala of Milan – all presented by Laura Bariales and cabaret artist Riky Bokor.
The event in Italy raised almost £15,000 for the Italian Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation.
This new initiative was initiated by the Founder of Play for Change, Andrea Radrizanni, to create work opportunities for young people, and to help generate awareness and support for qualified trusts and fundraisers like the Italian Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease caused by a faulty gene. This gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of your cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.
Over the last 20 years the average age of cystic fibrosis patients has risen to just over 40 years thanks to the progress made by the research. Improved care and treatments mean that a baby born today is expected to live even longer. It is vital that people with cystic fibrosis receive the highest standards of treatment and care, tailored to their individual circumstances, which can be very time consuming and physically debilitating. Lung transplants often becomes necessary for individuals with cystic fibrosis as lung function declines.
Thanks to the funds raised by the Play for Change Show, it will be possible to support the 550 researchers of the Italian Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation who have dedicated their time to finding a cure for this serious disease.