M. Cristina Mauceri University of Sydney
Valerio De Simoni was a 24-year-old Italian-Australian who was killed tragically in a road accident in March 2011 in Africa. He was travelling with two friends through three continents to raise money for Oxfam to support two African villages and to break the world record for the longest journey on a quad bike. Valerio was a convinced environmentalist and activist for Greenpeace who dreamed of changing the world. To celebrate Valerio’s humanitarian and environmental commitment, at the end of 2011 his mother, Vittoria Pasquini, founded the Valerio Daniel De Simoni Association, which has branches in Sydney and in Rome, the city of his parents. The Association aims at relieving the poverty and suffering of young people. Many people are involved in its activities, which include assisting young asylum seekers in Villawood detention camp. The full range of its work in Australia and in Italy can be seen on its website.