Friday, June 8, 2018

Celebrating AURORA: A Tribute to Nicola David Pinedo

A piano recital with a difference to honour the memory of a very special lady, the lovely Nicola David Pinedo. 

A warm,deeply personal and moving evening attended by close friends and family to mark a very significant event, the announcement by her husband, Clemente, of the establishment of AURORA, a charity that Nicola dreamed of, even as she fought her own difficult battle with leukemia, to help and support all those afflicted by haematological disease. 

Sadly, Nicola didn’t win her battle but Nicola’s legacy, her vision - a foundation that would make a difference - will help many others win theirs in the future. 

A foundation which would address all the concerns Nicola had as she witnessed first-hand the needs of patients and their families in Greece.

A foundation which would provide free accommodation, and support for out-of-town patients needing treatment in Athens.

A foundation which would work with hospitals and other foundations already existing in Greece to provide greater access for patients in need of state-of-the art therapy.

A foundation that would work to provide essential counselling services and support for patients undergoing treatment and their families.

A foundation that would fund research which would hasten the realisation of her vision to make Leukemia and other haematological diseases 100% curable. 

That foundation was launched yesterday at Parnassos Literary Society in Plateia Karytsis in Athens and was appropriately named AURORA. 

AURORA, the wonderful light of dawn which always follows the absolute darkness of the night.

At the piano, the young and very talented performer Alexandros Kyriakopoulos, a classmate of Nicola’s son Alex. who shared an idea of his own to hold a tribute concert for Nicola and donate the proceeds to a charity of her choice.

Alexandros’ spontaneous thought of honouring his friend's Mum was the spark that lit the fire, the catalyst the Pinedo and David families needed to set things in motion for yesterday’s very moving event – a concert of the music their beloved Nicola adored - to accompany the launch of a foundation in her honour; a foundation that would be instrumental in making a difference, a foundation that would be her legacy.

As her husband Clemente told the audience, as he talked about ‘the love of his life’  

Nicola will be smiling proudly at us all tonight. 

We have no doubts whatsoever that she was smiling broadly last night-
that unique, characteristic and hugely infectious smile that lit up her face and made her glow with happiness


    For more information and to find out how you can help,
contact the Aurora Foundation
                               'Nicola had lists for everything that had to be done, 
                                 To Do lists which she ticked off one by one'
                           Harry David talking about his beloved sister Nicola
               We're sure Nicola has ticked the launch of AURORA off her list now!

Alexandros Kyriakopoulos 
one of our very talented young Global Greek musicians 
honouring Nicola, his friend's mother

  with the music she loved to listen to...
Bach, Liszt, Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Chopin

         The historical Parnassos Literary Society Building in Karytsis Square Athens 


For more information and to find out how you can help, 
contact the Aurora Foundation

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