|By ILIANA RUSCO
IT is not everyday someone's dream comes true but for Mamma Lena, the
well known and much loved radio personality of the Italo—Australian
community, it did' – twice-over!
Last month she was able to celebrate, together with thousands of her
listeners, not only her 80th birthday
(see page 9) but the 10th anniversary of the Sorella Radio Child Care
Centre in Fairfield.
The event coincided with the State Government's
grant of $20,000 to build an addition to the Centre and
develop programs for ethnic children.
"To arrive at what we have today is a story of love, tears and hard
work," Mamma Lena said.
The multicultural Centre that Mamma Lena has been dedicated to has grown
in popularity over the years.
"The aim of the committee is to continue to cater for the needs of the
very young, because we believe this
service will benefit the community greatly as a whole," she explained.
|Expansions to the
existing facilities will accommodate the growing number of families
requesting the centre's services — an achievement that Mamma Lena
attributes ṭ many years of "backbreaking work with limited funds."
Submissions for the grant were made by Fairfield architect Sil
Frassetto, who is in the process of completing plans for the Centre's
"We've done the preliminary work of talking to Council and the
Department of Youth and Community Services," Mr Frassetto said.
"The plans will be ready in about in a fortnight." After many
rejections, Fairfield Council finally approved the plans for the Centre
in 1979. However, only the foundation stone was then laid, and Sorella
Radio Child Care Centre had to wait until 1984 to be inaugurated.
"This is a dream I hope will survive for many more years to come as a
symbol of love towards humanity,"
Mamma Lena said.