In 2017, Leah Jay were proud supporters of the eighth Newcastle Italian Film Festival. The festival is presented by Hand In Hand Art House – a non-profit organisation established to organise diverse events in the Newcastle region, donating net profits to worthwhile charities.
For the past few years, the festival has donated its profits to MND New South Wales and awarded an arts scholarship in memory of Dino Cesta, a co-founder of the festival who died of Motor Neurone Disease in 2015.
Anna Cesta with the 2017 recipient of the Dino Cesta Memorial Scholarship, Jarrod Sansom.
Having been touched by MND personally, Leah and the team were pleased to become involved in another event contributing to the fight against the disease.
Seven Italian films were screened over three days in November, with wine, pizza, buffalo cheese and sweet Italian treats provided by a number of local vendors.
Overall, the festival raised $15,000 for MND NSW.
Festival organiser Nick Moretti presenting the fundraising cheque to Graham Opie, CEO of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NSW.