Milan holds Christmas market for solidarity

15-16 Dec. Milan market supports Exodus non-profit NGO.

Among the many Christmas markets opening around the city of Milan, one stands out for its philanthropic aims – support for Exodus, a Milan-based NGO helping youngsters in difficulty, in particular due to substance abuse.

Founded by don Antonio Mazzi (pictured) in 1984, Exodus has grown exponentially, adding to its activities residential communities in Verona, Vicenza, Bormio and Iglesias, support for former terrorists who have abjured armed protest, a mobile “street unit” to help the fragile and homeless in Milan suburbs, a help centre in Milan’s Centrale railway station and – most recently – an orphanage in Romania.

Open free from 10.00 to 19.30 on 15 and 16 December in Palazzo Giureconsulti, moments away from Milan’s central Duomo, the market will propose clothes and accessories, books, toys, Christmas hampers donated by companies large and small who support the association.

Craft works and food products created by the young guests of the association will also be on sale.          

Don Antonio, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, will hold Mass at 11.00 during the market.