Ovaro, 10 Sep – The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region is always close to solidarity events organized by those who work for others with the aim of improving the lives and daily lives of those who suffer, giving support above all to their families; doing it with a sporting event that takes place in one of the symbolic places of life’s challenges is even more significant.
The regional councilor for productive activities and tourism thus greeted the start of the Zoncolan Challenge 24 hours, a bicycle challenge along the most iconic Friulian climb of the Giro d’Italia promoted by Valter Franz, in collaboration with the Marco Pantani Foundation Onlus, to raise funds for the construction of a home for autistic children.
Franz is the father of a child with autism spectrum disorders and together with his wife Mara for seven years he has been involved in raising awareness of families living with autistic people. The purpose of this event and of the other initiatives promoted by his family is to raise funds to carry out the Small House project, the first prototype of an autism-friendly home.
The regional councilor and the mayor of Ovaro kicked off the climb, starting from the square in the hamlet of Liariis, while next to father Valter, in the pouring rain, the first group of 60 athletes faced the first of eight climbs with intervals of three hours from each other. As Franz himself explained in illustrating his project, the ascent to Zoncolan represents the uphill path that autistic people and their families face every day. A climb that never ends, with difficulty in every aspect, without stopping, where the only certainty is knowing that you can never give up.CopyAMP code.
Tomorrow, at the end of the 24 hours, almost 200 athletes will have accompanied this challenge which has the patronage of the Municipality of Ovaro and PromoTurismoFVG. ARC / SSA / ma